Anchored by player of the series Mark Champan's unbeaten century in the fifth and final game, New Zealand drew the T20 series 2-2 after losing the first two matches at Lahore.
On the first day the rain came after only 65 overs when England already was 315-3. With Harry Brook making 186 and Joe Root an unbeaten 153 in a 302-run partnership, England was able to declare its first innings at 435-8.
Rapid half centuries by Joe Root, Harry Brook and Ben Foakes allowed England to speed along at more than five runs per over to 374 in its second innings, an overall lead of 393.
In batting for all of the fourth day, in productive partnerships with Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell, Williamson guided New Zealand from a 226 run deficit when England enforced the follow-on Sunday to a...
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Blundell was undaunted, even when England took the second new ball just as the floodlights kicked in at Bay Oval in the day-night match, and went on to 138 before he was the last man out.
Kane Williamson's superb century help steer New Zealand to 483 all out in their second innings and set England a target of 258 runs to win the second Test in Wellington.
Uncapped seamers Scott Kuggeleijn and Jacob Duffy have been called in as replacements for the 1st Test between England and New Zealand.
Williamson capitalized on two missed stumpings to hit an unbeaten 105 as the Black Caps reached 440-6 at stumps on the third day, a lead of two runs.
Kiwis skipper Tim Southee brought on his slow bowlers as early as the fourth over on a dry and tacky wicket at National Stadium and the move paid dividends.
New Zealand lost five wickets for 168 runs after dismissing England for 360. The Kiwis lead by 137 runs with two days remaining in the third Test.
At the close of play on Day 1 of the third Test, New Zealand were 225/5 with Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell in another century stand.
Alex Lees (34 not out) and Ollie Pope (51 not out) will resume the England innings on Sunday.
Joe Root (77 not out) and Ben Foakes (9 not out off 48) will resume the England innings from 216/5 on Day 4.
Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell put New Zealand (236/4) in a commanding position at Stumps on Day 2.
Tom Blundell (1*) and Devon Conway (60*) will resume New Zealand's innings on the final day of the second Test against South Africa.
Henry Nicholls scored 105 runs while Tom Blundell contributed with 96 as New Zealand took a 387-run first innings lead.