Usman Khawaja and Travis Head put up an unbroken 128-run partnership for the fourth wicket to keep alive Australia's slim hopes of forcing a draw in the first test against Pakistan on Thursday.
Set an improbable victory target of 462, Australia resumed on 136-3 hoping to bat out the final day to force a draw at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The pair of Khawaja and Head batted sensibly to deny the Pakistan attack in the morning session and guide their team to 215-3 at lunch.
Khawaja was batting on 82, having survived a bat-pad catch off spinner Yasir Shah after Pakistan decided not to review the reprieve even though snickometer spotted a faint edge. His patient knock included eight boundaries.
Debutant Head also had his share of luck as he followed his first-innings duck with 70 not out.
He was on 44 when Shah's lbw appeal was turned down and Sarfraz Ahmed did not review even though replays suggested the leg-spinner had trapped the batsman plumb in front.
Australia are still 247 behind the victory mark through a more realistic target for Tim Paine's side would be to try and bat out the remaining two sessions to salvage a memorable draw.
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