SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates- Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, were 186-3 at tea on the opening day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday.
At the break Mohammad Hafeez was unbeaten on 123 — his seventh Test century — and with him skipper Misbah-ul Haq was on four not out.
Off-spinner Mark Craig has figures of 2-44.
Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Abu Dhabi and drawing the second in Dubai.
Hafeez, who missed the second Test due to a hamstring problem, was one of two changes with paceman Mohammad Talha also included in place of Taufeeq Umar and unfit Ehsan Adil.
New Zealand veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori staged a comeback to Test cricket after a 28-month gap, replacing Jimmy Neesham.