New Zealand A had an opportunity to put the heat on their Pakistan counterparts in their final tour match at Abu Dhabi, but could not make the most of it.
At stumps on the opening day of their second four-day fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Pakistan A, having won the toss in good batting conditions, were 280 for four, with New Zealand left to rue a strong first session and a disappointing end.
Pakistan A were 120 for four early in the second session after test seamer Neil Wagner had ripped out three wickets, including twin centurymaker from the first four-day clash, Shan Masood, for 53.
However, by stumps an unbroken 160-run stand for the fifth wicket had put Pakistan A firmly on top.
Saad Ali was on 107, his 10th first-class century, and former test batsman Usman Salahuddin on 65.
But it should have been a different story.
Ali was dropped by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell before he'd reached 20 off seamer Scott Kuggeleijn, before a double blow shortly before stumps.
Salahuddin was caught off a no-ball from fast-medium Logan van Beek in his second last over of the day.
Then two overs later, off the final ball of the day, captain Jeet Raval spilled a catch from Ali which would have given the team a late lift.
The pitch was drier than that used in Dubai last week and New Zealand were left with one frontline spinner in Rachin Ravindra, after left armer Ajaz Patel's call-up to the Black Caps ODI squad.
New Zealand used eight bowlers over the day as Raval sought a breakthrough in the final session.
Wagner, preparing for the test series against Pakistan, finished the day with a tidy three for 48 off 19 busy overs, while the other wicket-taker was Blair Tickner, who has one for 40 off his 14 overs.
New Zealand made five changes from the side in the first four-day fixture, Wagner, Blundell, Tom Bruce, Tim Seifert and Glenn Phillips taking the places of Kyle Jamieson, George Worker, Dane Cleaver, BJ Watling andTodd Astle.