The caution, however, meant that boundaries were not easy to come by.
It was at this stage that Akmal decided to play the aggressor's role, leaving grafting to his senior partner Yousuf.
The right-hander went after Vettori, hitting the Kiwi skipper for successive boundaries on two occasions to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Yousuf fell five-run shy of his half-century when Kyle Mills castled him and while Akmal did notch up his second fifty, the youngster fell to Vettori two overs later, trigging another batting collapse.
Image: Rana Naveed appeals for lbw, but Ross Taylor is given not out.