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Pakistan shine during day, nervy at night

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Pakistan have one week to address issues of playing the pink ball under lights before their day-night Test against Australia at the Gabba.

The tourists remain in control of a warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Cairns with one day to play, leading by 218 with five wickets in hand.

However, after going to stumps on day two at 5-124, it will be their performances with the bat in the final session that will be of most concern to Mickey Arthur and his coaching staff.

The visitors lost four top-order batsmen in the final session on Friday, taking their match aggregate under lights to 10-153 against a side that comprises just a combined 27 Sheffield Shield matches among them.

Pakistan's batsmen were particularly cautious on Friday, desperate to spend time at the wicket, but it didn't take away from the challenges facing Misbah-ul-Haq's men with the pink ball at night in the Queensland heat.

Misbah recorded a duck to go with his first-innings 20, facing 29 balls before he was bowled by Ryan Lees, playing on after fending at a ball outside off stump.

Opener Azhar Ali looked the most comfortable, regularly walking down the wicket at opposition bowlers to go to stumps at 44, while Sarfraz Ahmed is on four.

After Sami Aslam (12) was unlucky to be adjudged lbw after leaving a ball before the dinner break, the visitors lost Babar Azam two balls into the final session when he edged to first slip.

Veteran Younis Khan was then run out for seven following a mix-up before Misbah's prolonged stay for no score on the slower-than-expected pitch.

Asad Shafiq was the last to go, bowled between bat and pad by a ball that moved back in at him.

However, paceman Wahab Riaz said any time spent in the middle would be invaluable after a disappointing tour of New Zealand in November, where no one hit triple figures.

"It's good that the batsmen are taking as much time as they want at the wicket," he said.

"They are not batting as well as they should be.

"Everybody is getting a start but nobody is turning it up. So I think it's a good thing that they are taking their time."

It came after the team's bowlers enjoyed far more success with the pink ball, dismissing the CA XI for 114.

Paceman Mohammad Amir didn't add to his overnight tally of three wickets, but continued to swing the ball at pace to finish with 3-15 from 10 overs.

Rahat Ali (3-26) also claimed three wickets. After having opener Jake Carder caught at gully on Thursday night, he broke a 57-run stand between Matthew Short (27) and Jake Winter (39) when the latter played on attempting to cut.

He had Arjun Nair (0) caught behind two balls later, allowing Pakistan to regain control of the three-day match.

Riaz (3-28) then cleaned up the tail, while part-time legspinner Azhar Ali claimed the key wicket of Short (lbw) in the team's only warm-up match.

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