Pakistan middle-order batsmen Haris Sohail and Babar Azam notched up centuries to help their side post a big total in the first innings against New Zealand on the second day of Dubai Test.
Sohail knocked a gritty 147 in nine hours and 34 minutes while Azam made an unbeaten 127 – his debut hundred – to steer Pakistan to an imposing 418-5 declared.
New Zealand negotiated nine overs without losing a wicket for 24 under lights in overcast conditions before umpires called off the day with two overs remaining.
Opener Jeet Raval was unbeaten on 17 with three boundaries while Tom Latham was five not out.
With the Dubai stadium pitch starting to turn ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah could be the key to Pakistan gaining a big first innings lead.
Both Sohail and Azam improved on their previous best scores of 110 and 99 respectively, notched against Australia last month.
The pair added 186 runs for the fifth wicket as the two continued to frustrate the visitors in the first two sessions of the day.
Sohail took 309 balls to reach his ton and then waved his bat toward the dressing room, apparently pointing to his team-mate Azhar Ali, run out after a mix-up with Sohail on Saturday.
He was finally dismissed soon after tea, caught behind off paceman Trent Boult. In all he faced 421 balls and hit 13 boundaries.
Azam ably supported Sohail and hit 12 boundaries and two sixes. He added 58 for the sixth wicket with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed who made 30 not out.
Azam said it was a big relief getting to the first hundred after falling for nervous nineties.
"It's a big relief to score first century," said Azam. "Since my childhood I used to hear that scoring a Test hundred is above everything so it was a dream to score a hundred in a Test.
"We are in a good position and if we get early wickets tomorrow in the first session then we would be able to get a good lead and then go on to win the Test."
Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme finished with 2-44 while Boult and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel took a wicket apiece.