Pakistan set an imposing 538-run target for Australia on day three of the 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi, before finishing the day with the wicket of make-shift opener Shaun Marsh, taken by Mir Hamza. Australia have a gargantuan task ahead of them with two full days play remaining to make a match out of it.

Resuming on 144/2, Pakistan piled on the agony on Australia, who lost Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja to injuries during the day, and declared their second innings at 400/9.

Babar Azam missed out on a hundred when he was trapped in front for 99 while Sarfraz Ahmed, after scoring 94 in the first innings, made 81, and was the last Pakistan batsman to be out, taken by Marnus Labuschagne.

Azhar Ali made 64 before a brain fade moment led to one of the most bizzare run-outs witnessed in Test cricket. Handy knock from Asad Shafiq (44) also contributed to Pakistan s mammoth second innings total. Nathan Lyon picked up four wickets at the expense of 134 runs, bowling 43 overs in the innings. Labuschagne returned 2/74 while Mitchell Marsh got rid of Azam. Starc added 1/32 before a hamstring concern restricted his participation for the day.

With roughly 12 overs to play out, Australian openers Aaron Finch and Marsh – who took the the middle after regular opener Khawaja did not take to the field on Day 3 after tweaking his knee during a warm-up session – faced a hostile session of bowling.

Marsh s lean patch continued when he was got a peach of delivery from the towering Hamza uprooting the stumps for his maiden Test scalp. At stumps, Finch was unbeaten on 24, while Head just about managed to stay alive against the spin of Bilal Asif and Yasir Shah, to be on 17 not out. Australia had reached 47/1, trailing Pakistan by 491 runs.

Brief Scores: Australia 47/1 & 145 trail Pakistan 400/9 (Babar Azam 99; Sarfraz Ahmed 81; Nathan Lyon 4/135) & 282 by 491 runs