The openers Mohammad Hafeez and Imam-ul-Haq have plundered runs at will and have denied them a wicket in the first two sessions of the opening day. Things will get tougher for Australia on a crumbling pitch and their biggest hurdle - the spin.
They handed baggy greens to Aaron Finch, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne. "So it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well", he added.
Asad Shafiq missed out on a century but scored a fluent 80, adding 150 runs for the fifth-wicket stand with Sohail as Australia's bowlers toiled for almost two days under hot and humid conditions on a flat wicket.
The pair frustrated the Australian attack with some solid batting as Pakistan reached 329-4 at lunch, with both in sight of centuries.
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The Brazilian had been keen but Guardiola sent a message on to the field via Benjamin Mendy telling him to defer to Mahrez. I don't think they'll be challenging for the title, ' the former Manchester United and England defender told Sky Sports .
He was finally dismissed by Nathan Lyon, caught behind as he tried to cut the off-spinner, having easily surpassed his previous best of 76 made against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi past year.
"I can't explain how happy I am to score my first Test hundred", Sohail said.
Paceman Peter Siddle gave Australia an early breakthrough when he bowled nightwatchman Abbas for one with a hint of reverse swing.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was unlucky not to be amongst wickets, having dropped Mitchell Marsh off his own bowling for two and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed missing a stump in the first session with Khawaja on 17. The second and final Test will be played in Abu Dhabi from October 16.