Kane Williamson’s unbeaten 94 saw New Zealand end day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Mount Maunganui at 222/3 on Saturday.
Henry Nicholls was the other not out batsman on 42 as New Zealand recovered from being 13/2 after Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi removed openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell cheaply on a green, seaming wicket.
In a 120-run stand, filled with determination and concentration in difficult conditions, Williamson and Ross Taylor pulled the Kiwis back into the game.
Taylor hit 10 fours and a six as he attacked the bowling while Williamson took a more conservative approach.
After Afridi split the pair with a masterful piece of bowling to remove Taylor for 70, Williamson and Henry Nicholls added a further 89.
Taylor was set up to fall by Afridi who bowled full, short then a bouncer in successive deliveries and followed with a good-length, rising ball that Taylor could not resist slashing at. But he succeeded only in snicking the ball to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps.
The 20-year-old Afridi, standing 6ft 6in tall, also removed Latham for four and Blundell for five to end the day with three for 55.
Afridi’s opening onslaught had New Zealand at two for 13 before Williamson and Taylor combined in a century partnership, their 10th together.
By stumps, Williamson had faced 243 deliveries after being in the middle for all but the first three balls before Latham was dismissed.
The closest Pakistan came to dismissing the New Zealand captain came before lunch with Williamson on 18 when Shan Masood spilled a difficult one-handed chance low to his left.