Khawaja, Head keep Australia steady in chase of 462 against Pakistan

Pakistan offspinner Bilal Asif centre celebrates claiming his fifth Australian wicket of the innings

Imam offered a return catch to left-arm spinner Jon Holland (3-83) and Sohail was trapped leg before wicket by Marnus Labuschagne.

The overnight 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.

With the pressure mounting, Paine calmly kept the strike during an intense final over from Yasir in which he was surrounded by Pakistani fielders.

"It was an extremely tough test match", Paine said after defying Pakistan for 194 balls and hitting five boundaries.

Khawaja had scored 85 in the first innings, his highest score in Asia.

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Head was struggling when he played the sweep shot and it was nearly his undoing when he could have fallen lbw for 44 if Pakistan had used a review.

In his next over Yasir removed Mitchell Starc for 1 to a sensational catch at short-leg by Babar Azam (7-333). The review showed the ball that pitched on the line would have hit the middle stump.

Australia will take plenty of positives from the start of their new era under Paine and coach Justin Langer.

But it was Finch and Khawaja in the afternoon session who batted with resolve.

117 - Runs scored by Khawaja in the nine innings in Asia leading up to this Test.

Aussie great Shane Warne ate his words a day after labelling the Aussie batting order the worst in history, congratulating the tourists for a gutsy performance. With a collective score of 226 in the match, Khawaja has finally delivered in Asian conditions, and would be critical for Australia's chances in the second Test.

"People overlook that sort of stuff". "I came off the field with sweat through my shirt". My shirt was drenched and my trousers were drenched.

"I was probably a little bit too defensive". He got a really good partnership going in his first Test.

"I am just really proud of the whole group, how they stuck to our plans and kept digging in".

The Queensland batsman has also had to battle critics closer to home despite averaging nearly 60 in Australia.

Australia were in desperate need of early wickets on the penultimate day, but Haris Sohail and Imam added 65 for the fourth wicket after Pakistan resumed on 45/3. This is Australia's longest fourth innings in 47 years since 1971. "He batted very well, he played most of his shots, even the reverse-sweep, so his was a brilliant knock".

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