Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor combined for their 10th 100+ run-partnership to bat the BLACKCAPS out of a 13-2 hole after being asked to bat by Pakistan on day one of the Boxing Day Test in Mount Maunganui.
On a green and lively Bay Oval pitch, openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell were early victims of Shaheen Afridi - caught in the cordon as the home side were reduced to 13-2 in the 11th over.
As they have done so often, it was Williamson and Taylor to the rescue as the experienced pair patiently saw out the dangerous early overs with the run-rate staying below two for most of the first session.
The runs came easier as the day worn on, the pitch settled down and the Pakistan bowlers spent more time in the sun.
Taylor eventually fell to Afridi (3-55) for 70 as Williamson (94*) batted on with the help of Henry Nicholls (42*) to be well placed at stumps on 222-3.
As it happened...
TOSS NEWS: Mohammad Rizwan has won it for @TheRealPCB and elected to field first. Santner plays in place of Daryl Mitchell for NZ 👍🏽— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 25, 2020
🇳🇿 v 🇵🇰 | Boxing Day Test 26-30 Dec | 11am | @BayOvalOfficial 🏏 #NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/KCPkbaFg4c
Wow! @TheRealPCB have nabbed an early one, Tom Latham caught in the gully. The big crowd will get a chance to watch local hero Kane Williamson early on DAY ONE! 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 25, 2020
🇳🇿 v 🇵🇰 | Boxing Day Test 26-30 Dec | 11am | @BayOvalOfficial 🏏 #NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/w4rAj3dVyR
DRINKS here at @BayOvalOfficial with Shaheen Shah Afridi taking the two early wickets of Latham & Blundell 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 25, 2020
🇳🇿 19/2 | Williamson 5* | Taylor 4*
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SANTA'S HERE!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 26, 2020
The @BayOvalOfficial crowd are basking in the Boxing Day sun as their local boy Kane continues to build a partnership with experienced head Ross Taylor 🏏
🇳🇿 106/2 | Williamson 46* | Taylor 47*#NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/hmMyXWAH2B
50 for Ross Taylor! A patient knock from our number four when we needed it most. He’s building nicely here with Captain Kane 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 26, 2020
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DRINKS here @BayOvalOfficial and Captain Kane (70*) has found a new partner in Nicholls (22*). The pair are ticking it over nicely as we head into the latter stages of DAY ONE 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 26, 2020
🇳🇿 178/3 #NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/8kKFQN0W7e