New Zealand resumed batting on day five of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

On stumps at day four, Kiwis reached 272-4 by close of play as skipper Kane Williamson cracked an unbeaten century as New Zealand took a valuable 198-run lead against Pakistan on Thursday.

Williamson was not out on 139 off 282 balls having batted through the day, with middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls keeping him company on 90 as New Zealand reached 272-4 at stumps to swing the deciding test in their favour.

However, Williamson became Hasan Ali’s first victim of the day on Friday as Pakistan seek wickets.

The teams are tied 1-1 in the three-match series.

New Zealand won the opening test in Abu Dhabi by four runs before Pakistan squared the three-match series with victory in the second test in Dubai by an innings and 16 runs.