Pakistan twist the knife in Abu Dhabi

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Pakistan batted Australia into submission on day three of the second Test in Abu Dhabi reaching 400 before declaring leaving Australia chasing 538 to win.

Australia lost Shaun Marsh (4) to a Jaffa from Mir Hamza but Aaron Finch (24*) and Travis Head (17*) would hold out until stumps and reach 47/1 in 12 overs.

Pakistan began the day on 144 for 2 with Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail at the crease.

Sohail would not add to his score before being stumped off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Azhar (64) followed soon after in a farcical run out. Azhar edged the ball past gully and thinking it had gone for four stopped to have a chat with Asad Shafiq mid-pitch while Mitchell Starc chased down the ball which had stopped short of the rope and hurled it in to Tim Paine who completed the run out with the confused batsman forced to walk off.

A 75-run stand between Shafiq (44) and Babar Azam stabilized things for Pakistan, putting them back on top. Shafiq threw his wicket away to a short one from part-time leggie Marnus Labuschagne leaving Pakistan 235 for 5.

The stand that would define the innings came up next with Babar joining forces with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (81) to add 131 runs. Babar (99) would be trapped leg before just one run short of a maiden Test century.

The skipper kept going with the tail but when he fell leg before to Labuschagne the declaration came.