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Australia v Pakistan Day Four Snapshot

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Laine Clark

AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN FIRST TEST DAY FOUR

Scores: Pakistan 8-382 and 142 v Australia 429 and 5(dec)-202

Man of the moment: Asad Shafiq. The Pakistan No.6 was dropped twice. But his against-the-odds 100 not out ensured the visitors not only survived day four but gave themselves a sneaky chance of a boilover, something few would have predicted when they resumed at 2-70 chasing a world record 490 victory target.

Key moment: Pakistan talisman Younis Khan is caught behind for 65 trying to reverse sweep off-spinner Nathan Lyon. Pakistan needed the 113-Test veteran to hang around, facing a crushing loss, but instead left many scratching their heads with his bizarre shot choice.

Stat of the day: 336 - the previous highest fourth innings total by Pakistan in Australia made back in the 1990 Boxing Day Test.

Summary: Australia would have expected a quick kill on day four. How wrong they were. Two rain delays didn't help. But it was stubborn resistance - led by a defiant Shafiq - and a freewheeling 179-run final session that ensured Pakistan moved into the final day needing 108 for the most unlikeliest of victories. Pakistan not only hung on but flourished despite play being extended for an extra half hour under lights, ensuring day four stumps weren't called until 2210 AEST.

Quote of the day: "We were quite happy to come off. With an 'in' batter (Shafiq) it probably wasn't the right decision but a lot of people wanted the game to finish today and the umpires were probably one of those" - Australia bowling coach David Saker on the call to extend play until 2210 AEST.

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