Younus Khan fell after a fluent 72 to help Pakistan reach 182 for three at tea on the third day of the second test against New Zealand today.

After a perfect morning session for Pakistan, Younus fell to Jimmy Neesham, having extended his red hot form that produced three centuries and a double hundred in his last six test innings.

Pakistan were still 221 runs behind New Zealand at the break with Azhar Ali (57) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (23) in the middle at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

After cheaply removing Pakistan's openers on Tuesday, New Zealand needed early wickets to take the upper hand but were thwarted by Younus and Azhar, who negotiated pace bowlers with aplomb and used their feet effectively against spinners.

Younus, who turns 37 later this month, was the more aggressive of the two, hitting off-spinner Mark Craig for two sixes.

The right-hander hit the spinner for his sixth boundary to bring up his 29th test fifty in the final over before the break.