The New Zealand cricketers had reduced Pakistan on 161 for six when bad light ended play about am hour before the scheduled finish to the opening day of the second test in Wellington.
Dan Vettori won the toss and opted to bowl at the Basin Reserve , a decision he might have been regretting when Imran Farhat and Salman Butt took Pakistan to 60 without loss.
But once pace bowler Iain O'Brien broke through and Vettori picked up three wickets Pakistan were 90 for three at lunch .
Shane Bond's replacement Darry Tuffey then took two wickets in his first test in five years.
A damp outfield delayed the start of play by about two hours and it was to continue until 8pm but only 58 of the scheduled 83 overs were bowled..