New Zealand had captain Kane Williamson to thank after reaching 229-7 at stumps on day one of the third Test with Pakistan. The 28-year-old compiled a classy 89, with his 176-ball innings containing seven fours, as wickets tumbled around him in Abu Dhabi.
Having opted to bat first, the Kiwis lost opener Tom Lathan for four before Jeet Raval hit a watchful 45.
The Black Caps were looking solid at 70-1 but slipped to 72-4 as Ross Taylor fell for a first-ball duck and Henry Nicholls made a single to follow Raval back to the pavilion.
Colin de Grandhomme scored 20 while wicket-keeper BJ Watling is unbeaten on 42 – those runs coming from 180 deliveries and containing just one four.
Yasir Shah took 3-62, while Bilal Asif has 2-57, with everything up for grabs after the first two matches of the series were shared.