Pakistan A v Australia A, 2nd Test, Lahore, 2nd day September 20, 2007

Faisal leads Pakistan's fightback

Cricinfo staff

Pakistan A 238 for 8 (Faisal 74, Sarfraz 56*, Bollinger 3-9) trail Australia A 293 by 55 runs

Faisal Iqbal's precious innings of 74 took Pakistan within reach of Australia's first-innings score © Getty Images

A late-order fightback by Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Sami ensured Pakistan A ended the second day of the second Test against Australia A on 238 for 8 after resuming on 22 for 3.

The day did not start well for Pakistan as they lost their fourth wicket for the addition of only three runs when Khurram Manzoor, who was included in the team in place of Hasan Raza, became Doug Bollinger's second victim and Luke Ronchi's fourth catch of the innings. Naved Latif then formed an 86-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Faisal Iqbal, Pakistan's captain, as Pakistan crossed the 100-mark without any further loss.

Naved, however, was run out after scoring 41 with the help of three fours and two sixes as Pakistan lost another quick wicket in the form of Mansoor Amjad, who made 10. When Faisal was caught by Cameron White off the bowling of Stuart MacGill for a patient 74, Australia looked set for a sizeable lead.

Sarfraz (56 not out) and Sami (32), however, played some aggressive strokes to ease the pressure and took Pakistan within 56 runs of Australia's first-innings total when Sami was cleaned up by Bollinger.

Sarfraz will resume with Tahir Khan at the crease and Mohammad Khalil to follow as the hosts will try hard to extend their innings and push for victory in order to draw the two-match series. Australia won the first Test by an innings and 203 runs.