Pakistan ended day three of the ongoing Test against Australia at 45-3 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Earlier in the Test, Pakistan batted first and scored 482 runs and Australia was able to post only 202 runs in their first innings in reply.

Pakistan's first innings lead of 280 runs has now been stretched to 325 runs with still seven wickets in hand.

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Finch, Khawaja stand tall

Australia started the day at 30-0.

The first session belonged to the visitors completely as debutant Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja batted through to lunch dominating the Pakistan bowling attack.

Finch brought up his maiden Test fifty and continued batting aggressively. By lunch, the duo had propelled Australia past the 100-run mark, repleting the efforts of the Pakistani openers in their first innings.

Australia had gone into lunch with 137-0 on the board, but just moments after the break Finch lost his wicket to Mohammad Abbas for 62 runs.

The opening partnership of 142 runs was finally broken. What followed was one of the most disappointing batting performances from the Australian side in recent times. The Aussies had slipped from 142-1 to 180-5 by the end of the second session.

Australia fall apart like a deck of cards

Another collapse after the tea break meant Australian were all out for 202 runs. The visitors had lost all their ten wickets for just 60 runs giving Pakistan a handsome first innings lead of 280 runs. The architect of this major collapse were two Pakistani bowlers. Seamer Abbas picked up four wickets while debutant Bilal Asif picked up six wickets. For Australia, Usman Khawaja top-scored with 85 runs.

Pakistan didn't have the best of starts to their second innings. At stumps on day three, Pakistan was at 45-3 with a lead of 325 runs. Mohammad Hafeez, Asif, and Azhar Ali were all in the pavilion by the end of the day while Iman-ul-Haq will resume his innings at 23 runs on day four.

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