DUBAI – Opener Usman Khawaja hit a preventing hundred to maintain Pakistan’s victory bid in verify as Australia reached tea at 287-5 on the ultimate day of the primary Check in Dubai.
Khawaja was unbeaten on 120 for his seventh Check century and with him, skipper Tim Paine was 19 not out as Australia — set a frightening 462-run goal — must bat out one other 31 overs for a draw.
Pakistan want 5 extra wickets and have one other 175 runs to play to take a 1-Zero lead within the two-match sequence.
Khawaja had added a useful 132 runs for the fourth wicket with Travis Head (72) as Pakistan did not get a single wicket within the first session after Australia resumed at 136-Three.
Khawaja took a single to quick mid-wicket off to Mohammad Hafeez to finish his century that has to this point included 11 boundaries.
No staff has efficiently chased greater than the 418-7 West Indies made towards Australia within the Antigua Check in 2003.
Pakistan had anticipated early wickets after jolting Australia to 136-Three on the shut on the fourth day, however nothing labored for skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made a number of bowling modifications.
Pakistan may have had Head leg-before off leg-spinner Yasir Shah on 44, however Sarfraz didn’t evaluate English umpire Richard Kettleborough’s not out resolution when replays confirmed the ball hitting the wickets.
Pakistan had been solely rewarded after lunch once they took the second new ball as quickly because it was due and Hafeez trapped Head leg-before with the primary ball.
Yasir Shah took his first within the match when he dismissed Marnus Labuschagne for 13.