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Khawaja, Head frustrate Pakistan victory charge

AFP  |  Dubai 

Opener and defied with some solid batting to take to 215-3 at lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test in on Thursday.

followed up his first innings score of 85 with a fighting 82 not out, and was unbeaten on 70 for his maiden half-century, both blunting Pakistan's spinners.

The pair have added 128 runs for the fourth wicket to raise Australia's hopes of a draw -- or even a world-record run chase.

Australia, set a daunting 462-run target, still need another 247 runs while need seven wickets to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

No team has successfully chased more than the 418-7 made against in the Antigua Test in 2003.

had expected early wickets after jolting to 136-3 at the close on the fourth day, but nothing worked for who made multiple changes.

Pakistan could have had Head leg-before off leg-spinner on 44, but Sarfraz did not review English umpire Richard Kettleborough's not out decision when replays showed the ball was hitting the wickets.

has so far hit eight boundaries while Head has five.

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 15:20 IST