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The double century by Williamson gives New Zealand a 174-run lead.

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Prior to Tim Southee’s declaration, New Zealand had a 174-run lead thanks to Kane Williamson’s fifth double century and a 159-run partnership with Ish Sodhi on the fourth day that effectively shut down Pakistan. For more than half a day, Williamson and Sodhi batted, which was frustrating for Pakistan. Despite only adding 79 runs in the first session, the duo created the atmosphere that allowed New Zealand to gradually gain ground and take a comfortable lead. On a pitch with only slow turn and some rough patches off the stumps, Sodhi and Williamson looked mostly at ease. The duo was able to work even as Nauman Ali wheeled away, attempting to hit those patches to raise some doubt.

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