Pakistan may be 204 runs ahead but a middle order collapse in the final session of the second day saw Australia keep a check over Pakistan. Earlier, in the day, Pakistan got what they desired when openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt added an invaluable 109 runs for the first wicket to lay a solid platform for the team. The openers played first session without the loss of a wicket as Pakistan consolidated their position. The opening stand of 109 was their third century stand in nine Tests. Both played with maturity playing straight and not playing any cross batted shots. Farhat went for 53 while Salman Butt went after making a defiant 71. Pakistan went into tea on a solid 190-2. Mohammad Yousuf along with Umar Akmal played well to hold the middle order together but both fell just when they looked set for bigger things. Almost all batsmen got good starts but failed to convert them into something substantial. From a position of strength at 190-2 at tea Pakistan were reduced to 295-7 as Australians clawed their way back with Doug Bollinger taking three crucial wickets. Yousuf fell for 46, Umar Akmal for 49 while Misbah-ul-Haq made 11 and Kamran Akmal 14 couldnt make much of an impression. Pakistan missed a trick with some very unruly batting towards the end of the day. They had the opportunity to get lead in excess of 350 but they ended up with just over 200 and a wicket in hand. Australia have plenty of time to fight back. Australian batting collapsed in the first innings but you cant expect them to collapse twice with the pitch easing out. Australians have tried their level best to get back into this game and Pakistan have given them a sniff through some undisciplined batting after a very good start. Day three will be very crucial for the outcome of this Test and the series. And once Pakistan get into bowl they will have to give another super bowling effort like they did first time round. Australian batsmen arent in great form. Butt shines for visitors Salman Butt likes to bat at the SCG. When Pakistan last toured Australia in 2004-05 Salman stroked his maiden Test hundred at this very ground - a breezy 108 against a bowling line which included the likes of Glen McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Shane Warne. So far on this tour Salman has got off to starts but hasnt been able to translate them into something substantial. In Melbourne he scored 45 and 33 but fell just when he should have gone on and made more runs. However, on day two of the second Test Salman Butt played a very responsible innings to help Pakistan take a big lead by the end of days play. The southpaw was cautious early on and tried to play straight and not go for the cross batted shots. He combined appreciably well with Imran Farhat to see through the first session. Pakistan went into lunch at 84-0 with Butt contributing 26. In the post lunch session Salman opened up a bit playing some of his trademark drives through the off side as Australians frustration increased. While Imran Farhat gave a couple of chances, Butt was much more careful hardly giving anything away. He brought up his eighth Test half century off 129 balls soon after the century opening stand with Farhat. Imran Farhat was the first to depart after a fine opening stand. The opening stand between the two yielded 109 runs which was their third century stand in nine Tests and they also have a couple of fifty partnerships to go with it. Just when another century loomed he was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson for 71 off 164 balls. Still, Butt should have tried and go on to make a century but fell to good delivery. His innings has given Pakistan the impetus and now they should aim and convert this impetus into a Test win over Australia after almost 14 years. Nabeel Sabir