Ali struck a fighting half-century to help Pakistan recover to help Pakistan recover to 139-3 at close on the second day of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
It marked a good recovery from 17-2 after Kiwi pace bowler Trent Boult ripped out openers Imam-al-Haq and Mohammed announced his retirement from Test cricket.
Azhar was unbeaten on 62 at the close having shared a dogged, unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 54 with Asad Shafiq who will resume on 26. Pakistan is still 135 runs adrift.
New Zealand 274 in 116.1 overs (J Raval 45, K. Williamson 77*, Yasir 3/75, Asif 5/65) vs Pakistan 139/3 in 61 overs (Azhar Ali 62)
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