Abu Dhabi: New Zealand set Pakistan a goal of 280 runs to win the series-deciding third and last Check after declaring their second innings at 353-7 on the fifth day in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Kane Williamson failed so as to add to his in a single day rating of 139 whereas Henry Nicholls remained unbeaten on 126 after New Zealand resumed on 272-4.
Pakistan have a minimal of 79 overs to succeed in the goal. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah completed with 4-129, ending on 29 wickets for the sequence.
The three-match sequence is tied at 1-1 after New Zealand gained the primary Check in Abu Dhabi by 4 runs earlier than Pakistan bounced again with victory by an innings and 16 runs in Dubai.