In-form opening batter Abdullah Shafique and veteran Azhar Ali led Pakistan to 90-1 after Australia was bowled out for 391 on the second day of the third and final test on Tuesday.
Sedate half-centuries by Cameron Green and Alex Carey earned them Australia’s highest sixth-wicket stand in Pakistan, worth 135. But they were broken up after lunch and Australia was all out on the strike of tea.
Recalled 19-year-old fast bowler Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi share eight wickets as Pakistan took Australia’s last five wickets for 50 runs.
“You have to be patient on such wickets where you have to wait for the ball to get old for reverse swing and get results,” Afridi said.
“You have to give them (Green and Carey) credit for batting very well in the first session, but that’s the beauty of test cricket, you win some sessions, you lose some sessions.”
Allrounder Green made 79 in his 12th test match and Carey scored 67 in nearly three hours.