Leeds: Opener Imran Farhat`s 67 in 95 balls put Pakistan on course for a comfortable win over Australia on the third day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday.
Pakistan, chasing 180 for victory, reached 140 for three in 37 overs to edge nearer to their first Test victory over the Australians in 15 years.
A Pakistan win would also deny Australia an eighth straight Test win.
Azhar Ali was 47 not out and Umar Akmal was on two when the players left the field despite bright sunshine.
Left-arm fast bowler Doug Bollinger claimed the late wickets of Farhat, who was bowled, and Umar Amin for a duck. Both wickets fell caught behind with the score on 137 to give Australia a glimmer of hope.