New Zealand, which conceded a 74-run first-innings lead, lead Pakistan by 38 runs with six wickets in hand.
He took 12 wickets in that 2-0 series win over Australia in United Arab Emirates in 2014 and followed that with 15 against New Zealand in a 1-1 draw the same year. They beat Pakistan, Bangladesh, the West Indies and England - all at home - with the single loss came against South Africa.
A gem from Tim Southee removes Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez in his final test innings in Abu Dhabi.
"A fantastic performance to be a part of, we know how formidable Pakistan are, certainly in their Pakistan they're a very hard side to beat. To bounce back and win a decider is pretty special and it's one the guys will remember for a long time, that's for sure". It took the spinner just 33 matches to reach the milestone.
Pakistan were again let down by sloppy batting and Sarfraz rued missed opportunities. "It's very disappointing to lose a series in conditions which are our own".
Pakistan does not have happy memories at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where New Zealand won the first Test by just four runs after setting Pakistan a target of 176.
Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme had first-innings centurion Azhar Ali caught behind for five before Somerville's double strike pushed Pakistan to 55-5 at lunch.
He struck twice in his first four balls and was on a hat-trick, nicking off left-hander Haris Sohail to a juggling Ross Taylor before Asad Shafiq got a faint glove and BJ Watling held on down the leg side.
That exposed Pakistan's weak tail, and while Azam fought hard for a 50, he gave his way wicket away, slogging at Patel, with Southee taking an excellent catch.
The two have added 52 runs for the fifth wicket but Nicholls was lucky to overturn a leg-before decision off Yasir on nine, and survived two other appeals.
Fellow not out batsmen Henry Nicholls wasted no time in bringing up his third test century, getting there in the third over of the day.
Resuming on 26-2, the Black Caps lost nightwatchman William Somerville (4) in the seventh over of the day as the debutant was trapped in front of the wicket by leg-spinner Yasir Shah.
Joining forces at 60-4, still trailing Pakistan by 14 runs, the pair added 212 - the highest fifth-wicket partnership for the Black Caps against Pakistan.