Pakistan batted through the 4th day, tremendous fight put up by Pakistan. Asad Shafiq still at crease with 100 runs. At stumps, Pakistan 275-8 with Asad unbeaten on 100 and Yasir Shah is on 3. Pakistan still need 108 runs to deny Australia their much awaited victory.
It would go down as one of the more amazing results in the history of the game if they were to get there, especially after they slumped to 8/67 in their first innings.
Now Pakistan has a chance of unlikely victory after their best performance against Australia in many years in 4th inning.
Pakistan have enjoyed their best day of the Test but it’s Australia that are poised for victory. It’s been tough going for Steve Smith’s men, not helped by two dropped chances from the captain, who claimed five wickets on a rain-interrupted day.
The star of the day for the visitors was Asad Shafiq, who completed a well deserved ton off the final over play.
Younis appeared to be Pakistan’s best hope of salvaging something from the contest but when he went out, Shafiq took up the challenge.
He had excellent support from Sarfraz, who was clean bowled by Starc’s full, in-swinging ball to reach 220 with four wickets left.
Amir batted at No. 8 and surpassed his highest test score 39 not out before he was caught behind off Jackson Bird, ending a 66-ball, 86-minute cameo.
Wahab took over, hitting two sixes and two boundaries to continue the rearguard effort.
Australia’s bowlers will sleep well after a long day in the field, topped off by a three-hour final session. Victory is now within reach but Pakistan can make history if they turn the table and make remaining 108 runs on fifth day of first test match.