Pakistan needs another 194 runs for victory or to bat out the remaining 55 overs for a draw.
KARACHI: Spinners Michael Bracewell and Ish Sodhi grabbed two wickets apiece Friday as New Zealand closed in on victory inside the second Test towards Pakistan in Karachi.
Chasing 319, Pakistan have been one hundred twenty five-five at lunch on the fifth and very last day, with Sarfaraz Ahmed and Saud Shakeel at the crease on 29 and 16, respectively, after an extended consultation due to Friday prayers.
New Zealand desires any other five wickets for a series-clinching win.
Pakistan can take coronary heart from their current dogged 2d-innings combat to attract the primary Test in Karachi to keep the 2-suit series alive.
They need some other 194 runs for victory or to bat out the remaining fifty five overs for a draw.
Resuming two down with none runs on the board, Pakistan misplaced Imam-ul-Haq (12), skipper Babar Azam (27) and Shan Masood (35) before attaining 3 figures.
Haq fell to a rash force off Sodhi because the ball spun in and crashed onto the stumps.
Azam and Masood scored forty two runs and regarded stable when Bracewell got here into the act.
He first removed Azam with a sharp turning shipping that was edged to wicketkeeper Tom Latham. At the identical time, Masood miscued a lofted shot and was stuck brilliantly by Kane Williamson at mid-off.
Sodhi has figures of 2-23 and Bracewell 2-28.