Younis Khan and Azhar Ali saw Pakistan to a lead of 370 in their second innings at the end of Day Three after having bowled Australia out for 261 in the second test in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. David Warner and Nathan Lyon resumed on 22/1 on the morning of day three. They were able to add a further twelve runs before Warner (19) was dismissed by Rahat Ali (2/41).
Glen Maxwell (37) came in at 34/2 and took command playing some good shots before he was castled by Zulfiqar Babar (2/94). The new batsman was the skipper Michael Clarke who with Lyon put on a 22 run stand before the latter was dismissed. Steve Smith joined his skipper however he was trapped lbw for a duck leaving his side on 100/5.
Clarke was joined by Mitchell Marsh and they saw Australia to 120/5 at lunch trailing by 450 runs. After lunch they put on a 64 run partnership before Clarke (47) departed three runs short of his half century when he was clean bowled by Imran Khan (3/60). Brad Haddin (10) joined Marsh who brought up his maiden half century however the wicketkeeper soon departed with Australia three runs short of 200.
Mitchell Johnson was he new man at the crease however he departed having faced seven balls for a duck bringing in Peter Siddle 199/8. Siddle, with Marsh, was able to steady the ship to see their side safely to tea on 239/8 trailing by 331 runs. They last two wickets of Marsh (87) and Siddle (28) fell cheaply as they were bowled out for 261.
Misbah-ul-Haq did not enforce the follow-on. Mohammed Hafeez (3) and Ahmed Shehzad (14) came out to bat however they both departed in quick succession with Pakistan on 21/2. The two new batsman Younis Khan (16 not out) and Azhar Ali (21 not out) put on a 40 run partnership to see them to 61/2 with a lead of 370 runs at the end of play on Day Three.