Up against the wall, Shan Masood and Babar Azam responded well amidst a vibrant Australia fielding unit who were smelling blood but both batsmen looked organized with their defensive technique. Nathan Lyon was quickly taken off the attack as both batsmen dealt with his cunning variations reasonably well.
Shan dodged a few rising deliveries on tight lines in the channel and looked organized before failing to control a short ball speared by Pat Cummins as he failed to hook it away properly, got a feather edge through to the keeper and so the partnership was broken within 50 minutes of the morning session.
Iftikhar Ahmed came and went without troubling the scorers. He got out on a brute of a delivery from Josh Hazlewood that landed on a good length, nipped away sharply and forced Iftikhar to poke with it. Tim Paine took a regulation catch to send Pakistan starring at the abyss.
Perhaps, defensive style is not his strong suit because Iftikhar likes to get on with the game and play those flashy strokes which is more suited to limited-overs cricket where he has had enjoyed phenomenal success.
There weren't many opportunities to play jailbreak shots as pressure continued to mount after a quick succession of wickets. Mohammad Rizwan looked fidgety early on and got a glove while being strangled on the leg stump line but he got a life due to a drop from Paine as he couldn't cling onto a tough chance while diving to his left.
Babar Azam was tight around off stump line unlike the first innings and struck a well-deserved fifty - his first on Australian shores. Both batsmen on the wicket have shown good resistance so far and were nudging the ball into the gaps, not going into the mindset of blocking everything.
With the quicks on top of their game and five batsmen back in the hut, it's only a matter of time before the hosts put this game to bed and gear for the Adelaide pink-ball Test match.