Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s first test hundred in two years and on Tuesday, four days of the second test after Australia set a massive target of 506, Abdullah Shafique 71 led Pakistan’s resistance.
Babar was undefeated 102 off 198 balls, and opening batsman Shafique followed his initial test hundred in the first test was drawn out with an undefeated 71 off 226 balls to take Pakistan to 192-2 at stumps.
Pakistan still needs an inconceivable 314 runs to achieve a world record run track on the last day or survive the remaining 90 overs to deny Australia taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
In almost two sessions Nathan Lyon’s spin on a wearing pitch for well over four hours and set a standard 171-run.
Babar, who achieved his last test century against Bangladesh in February 2020, raised his sixth test hundred when he top-edged a brush-up for two runs late in the last session. It grabbed him just over four hours off 180 balls with 12 fours.
Previously, Australia expanded its lead to 505 when Cummins announced the second innings at 97-2 after Marnus Labuschagne, on 44, played Shaheen Afridi back onto his stumps off an inopportune pull shot.
Afridi and Hasan Ali didn’t allow first-innings century-maker, Usman Khawaja, 44 not out, and Labuschagne to score swiftly in the half-hour after Australia recommence on 81-1. The statement came earlier than predicted.
It was the second time Australia proclaimed both innings in a test in Asia; the other was in 1986 against India at Chennai.
It gave Australia almost two full days and a minimum of 172 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the series at the stronghold of Pakistan National Stadium where the home team had off-track just two out of 44 test matches.
Australia defeated Pakistan for 148 in the first innings on day three in just under 4 1/2 hours after it announced its first innings at 556-9 by keeping Pakistan on the field under hot circumstances for more than two days.