Tempo spearheads Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi knocked down eight wickets, limiting Australia to 391 before Pakistan ended day two of the decisive Test on Tuesday at 90-1 in Lahore. The duo led a late attack to close out the second session as Australia lost their last five wickets for 71 runs after reaching an impressive 320-5 at lunchtime. Naseem finished with numbers of 4-58 and Shaheen 4-79. At the stumps, the game was tied and the series was suspended when Abdullah Shafique, 45, and Azhar Ali, 30, returned to the pavilion five overs early due to poor lighting.
The series is 0-0 after the first two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi ended in a high scoring draw.
Shafique and Azhar had to rebuild after Pakistani opener Imam-ul-Haq was caught leg-forward by Australian skipper Pat Cummins at 11. But the pair seemed undisturbed and put up 70 for the second wicket.
Azhar survived a blunt fright while hitting at 14, but the review showed his foot was well planted after being struck by a high-flying delivery from spinner Mitchell Swepson.
Before Naseem and Shaheen brought Pakistan back into the game, Cameron Green, 79, and Alex Carey, 67, had frustrated the hosts in the morning session, taking a priceless 135 for the sixth wicket.
Fortunes turned after spinner Nauman Ali Carey had a leg up in the fourth left after the break.
The wicketkeeper batsman had hit seven boundaries in his 175-minute strike.
Green was then bowled by Naseem after a resolute 223 minute stay lit intermittently by nine boundaries.
Pakistan wanted to break through early at the start of the game with the second new ball in just five overs.
But Australia, who resumed at 232-5, took advantage of a calm Gaddafi Stadium pitch to make 28 overs unscathed.
Pakistan thought they had removed Carey for 27 when umpire Aleem Dar passed him out behind fast bowler Hasan Ali, but the Australian judged it right away.
The replay showed that he had missed the ball, which had not gone to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan either.
Carey took full advantage of his delay by crushing spinner Sajid Khan for two limits before reaching his third Test fifty with a single.
Australia is on their first tour of Pakistan since 1998, having previously refused to travel the country due to security concerns.
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