Finch and Travis Head survive the last over of the day by Yasir Shah, despite a mix-up which could have resulted in a run-out. Australia are 47-1, and need a massive 491 runs to win with nine wickets remaining.
Pakistan vs Australia, Second Test, Day 3 in Abu Dhabi Highlights: As It Happened
PAK vs AUS Cricket Scorecard (TEST)
2nd Test TEST, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 16 October, 2018
Australia are 45-1, and there is one over remaining in the day.
Australia are 37-1 after 9 overs. Yasir Shah has attempted to pile the pressure on Travis Head and Aaron Finch but with little success so far.
Yasir Shah has been brought into the attack to take advantage of the remnant patches of rough in the pitch.
Mohammad Abbas has run in hard so far, but he's just not had the same nip and swing that Hamza has possessed. However, he's doing a good job as a cover bowler for Hamza. Australia are 36/1 after seven overs.
Australia are 30-1, and six overs are now remaining in the day.
FOUR! Boundary for Travis Head as he cuts a short and wide delivery from Mir Hamza through the covers. A good confidence booster for the left-hander who has looked shaky so far.
Australia are 25-1 at the end of five overs, and seven overs are now remaining in the day.
Five overs have been bowled, Australia are 24-1 and are motoring along. They would be glad that the run-rate has not dropped. But that is secondary for Australia at the moment. They simply can't afford to lose another wicket here, or they face another two extremely long days. Not that it won't already be the case.
Travis Head has come in to bat, and the responsibility of steadying the Australian ship now falls on to him and Aaron Finch.
OUT! Pakistan strike early, Mir Hamza bowls a peach of a delivery to Shaun Marsh who is beaten all ends up, the ball taking his off-stump. Pakistan are 10-1.
Mir Hamza has the red cherry and will bowl Pakistan's second over of the day.
The Australian innings has started, and we have less than ten overs remaining in the day. The plan is simple - to not lose any wickets before the end of play. Shaun Marsh opens his account with a boundary, but a nervous one through the gully region. Could easily have been pocketed by one of the fielders. Australia finish the first over on 7-0.
And Pakistan have declared their innings here. They lead by a massive 537 runs, and Australia now just have a little over two days to chase down a whopping target of 538.
Well well! Sarfraz wants to have a right go at the bowlers now, he tries to heave Labuschagne over the covers but misses. The next delivery - Labuschagne fires it in a little quicker and Sarfraz is trapped in front while trying the slog sweep. The umpire raises his finger, Sarfraz reviews in hope but the decision stands. He's out for 81, and Pakistan are 400 for 9 now.
Well, Pakistan is on 394-8 now, and it would be interesting to see if captain Sarfraz Ahmed changes his approach to the game. He's batting with the tail now.
OUT! And Lyon strikes again. Yasir Shah does not offer a shot and he is trapped in front of the stumps. The review was taken more in hope then expectation, and unsurprisingly, the umpire's call stands.
OUT! Nathan Lyon deserved the luck here, as he dismisses Bilal Asif for 15 off 21 balls. The ball was edged but falls fortuitously for the close fielder there. Travis Head makes no mistake.
And it's time for drinks. One hour of play remains.
For now, Bilal Asif has smashed another ball to the boundary, his third four of the innings. It looks like he's been told to be the aggressor and rack up as many runs as he can, as quickly as possible.
This is interesting, Mickey Arthur is in conversation with an official at the boundary rope and it is suspected it might be to decide on the declaration.
FOUR! And Bilal Asif gets his first boundary of the day, He feathers the ball down to third man and the chasing Ashton Agar cannot get to it. Pakistan are 379-6 and lead by 516 runs.
Australia already have a daunting task here as Pakistan's lead has crossed 500, and they are not showing any signs of declaring soon. If at all they are to make a match of this, Australia will have to start extremely well.
That was a close review for Bilal, who took an lbw call against the wishes of his captain Sarfraz. However, the decision is overturned, smart by Pakistani batsman!
Now dismissed, but that was magnificent batting from Babar Azam, who has brought the best of his white ball game to the Test arena. Only twice has he faced 25+ balls in a Test innings and scored faster than he's done today. #PAKvAUS— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) October 18, 2018
Heartbreak for Babar Azam! Unfortunately for him he's trapped in front of the stumps by Mitchell Marsh and the umpire raises his finger. Azam reviews it prompted by his captain, but the ball was always going to crash into the stumps. Umpire stays with his original decision. Out for 99!
Azam is on strike now. A single away from his 100.
FOUR! Babar Azam cuts one away with power from Peter Siddle, great roll of the wrists and timing involved here. He moves to 98, and then follows it up by taking a single off the next ball. He's one run away from the century now.
Babar Azam has shown good restraint here, and isn't in a hurry to reach that three figure mark. No sign of nerves either! Pakistan are 360-5 at the end of 107 overs.