Dubai, Oct 24: Pakistan's spin bowlers shared six wickets between them to take control of the first Test against Australia despite a brilliant hundred by David Warner on the third day on Friday.
Warner smashed 133 for his ninth Test century and his third in as many innings to match the indomitable Donald Bradman.
But Pakistan hit back to dismiss Australia for 303 for a first innings lead of 151 after they had made 454.
By the close, Pakistan had made 38-0 in their second innings with Ahmed Shehzad (22) and Azhar Ali (16) at the crease, stretching their lead to 189.
Debutant leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-66) led the spin attack while left-armer Zulfiqar Babar (2-81) and Mohammad Hafeez (1-54) also chipped in as, apart from Warner, none of the other batsman made big scores.
Michael Clarke failed with a 13-ball two and so did Alex Doolan (five).
It was Warner who anchored the innings, becoming seventh Australian batsmen to score three consecutive hundreds, the feat last achieved by Adam Gilchrist (2005) and Bradman (1948).
But with his third ball after lunch, Shah spun sharply to bowl Warner, who had hit 11 fours and two sixes during his 174-ball knock, but his fall saw Australia slump against spinners.
Warner expressed disappointment over his side's capitulation.
"The way we batted is disappointing," said Warner. "Conditions are quite tough but we look at the run out (Doolan). You shouldn't be giving run out chances in Test match cricket."
Warner said he was delighted to be bracketted with Bradman. AFP