Dubai Test: Haris Sohail's maiden hundred gives Pakistan upper hand vs Australia

Aaron Finch will make his Test debut against Pakistan on Sunday

Aaron Finch will make his Test debut against Pakistan on Sunday

Resuming on 255/3 on the second day, Pakistan were reduced to 260/4 before Shafiq joined forces with Sohail to revive Pakistan's innings.

The openers Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq have plundered runs at will and have denied them a wicket in the first two sessions of the opening day.

Australia negotiated the 13 overs and was 30-0 at stumps with Usman Khawaja not out on 17 and Aaron Finch batting on 13.

Meanwhile Bilal Asif gets his maiden Test cap for the hosts Pakistan.

Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket.

Australia trail Pakistan by 452 runs with all ten wickets intact, but they face a big battle ahead of them with Yasir expected to pose the main threat.

Australia were allowed to keep their remaining review, however Pakistan were able to build on a solid first innings, standing at 4-341.

He eventually fell to the spin of Nathan Lyon, who bowled 52 overs for his two for 114, while the part-time leg-spin of Marnus Labuschagne accounted for Shafiq.

Shafiq hit nine boundaries and a six in his 278 minutes at the crease.

"I can't explain how happy I am to score my first Test hundred", Sohail said.

Recalled veteran Peter Siddle was the pick of Australia's bowlers, claiming 3-58 to overtake Merv Hughes as Victoria's most prolific Test paceman and become the ninth-most successful Australian quick with 213 dismissals.

Azhar Ali scored 18 before giving away his wicket to Holland, caught at mid-off by Starc.

The second and final test will be played on October 16 in Abu Dhabi.

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