Azhar and Younis survive the first session

Tea Pakistan 142 and 2 for 131 (Azhar 61*, Younis 40*) need 359 runs to beat Australia 429 and 5 for 202 dec
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Younis Khan ended a run of six low scores with a determined innings © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Azhar Ali and Younis Khan resisted all Australian attempts to dislodge them before rain brought an early tea break at the Gabba and further cause for Pakistani optimism.

While the target of 490 remained enormously distant, the arrival of ill weather – causing the ground staff to rush onto the ground before the rain actually began to fall – gave the hosts pause, having dominated the first three days of the Test.

The overnight batsmen showed good sense and plenty of determination to take their partnership to 77 without giving a chance. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were unable to find the right length to trouble the batsmen as they had done earlier in the match, while Jackson Bird and Nathan Lyon were also unable to break through.

Bird did coax one outside edge from Younis but it fell fractionally short of Matt Renshaw at first slip. Azhar also gloved Lyon when trying to sweep but the deflection bounced off Matthew Wade’s gloves before falling safely out of reach of Steven Smith running back from first slip.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig

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