SYDNEY (Agencies) Pakistan shot themselves in the foot with irresponsible shots as they hold a lead of 204 runs in this match, enough to kick Australia out of the second Test should their bowlers emulate the day-one massacre today. In the first Test in Melbourne, it was Australia holding a lead of 196 after both sides had completed their first innings. This time, the visitors will probe with the ball as Ricky Pontings side attempt to reel in a large total and then post a target on the oft-volatile SCG pitch. This turnaround was made possible by a rigid Pakistani batting effort that used the lessons of Australias disastrous batting errors to superb effect; essentially playing dead straight to avoid edges and resisting wide temptation. Then they got reckless. The assertion of their captain Mohammad Yousuf, that Twenty20 batting had removed patience from the mindset, bore true once more as silly shots heralded a late collapse. Pakistan lost five wickets in 16 overs after Australia took the new ball to reach 9-331 at stumps on day two, having sat pretty at 2-205 shortly after tea. Nevertheless, they watched Australia crumble and then showed them early how to play on their own pitch, with Salman Butt and Imran Farhat combining for 109 runs before the first wicket fell. It could be the most important partnership a Pakistani duo has played in the Test arena for years. Not for Twenty20 or one-day fanatics, but as an exercise in resilience that epitomised correct method when the elements turn testy. 'The main thing was just to play inside, in close to yourself, and avoid anything that is flashy or rash, said Butt, who top scored with 71. 'We did try a few flashy strokes but thank God we didnt edge them. Farhats 53 and Yousufs 46 were further evidence of restrained scoring, counter-punching the bowlers after narrowly weaving bombs, but youngster Umar Akmal followed his own playbook to launch the Australian attack to various nether regions of the ground. Umars energetic 49 from 48 balls, featuring nine sizzling boundaries, was typically bold and unsettling. All of their good work was slightly undone by a haste of hooks and pulls that neither time nor situation required. Only the losses of two of the wickets - Butts and Umars - could be excused because of excellent bowling. Butt was caught behind from a sparkling Mitchell Johnson outswinger and Umar was trapped in front by Doug Bollinger - even if Australia had to successfully appeal Billy Doctroves original not-out decision. The other seven were due to rushes of blood and poor shot execution, although Butt hinted that his teammates had much to learn about the Test arena. 'Were trying to adapt to it, we have been lacking playing Test cricket for the last year and a half so I think its difficult for the players to adapt that quickly, Butt said. 'Talking about the opposition, I think these guys play a lot of Test cricket. I think me and [Michael] Clarke made our debut in the same year, I think Ive played only half [of the number] of his games. Indeed, Butt made his Test debut in 2003 and is playing in his 26th Test, Clarke debuted in 2004 and this is his 56th. Bollinger, in just his fifth, led the rearguard charge for Australia, using the new ball as a loaded weapon by striking with a wicket each in his 18th, 19th and 20th overs to finish with 3-70 from 21 overs. 'It was a good fightback by the guys, it was a bit frustrating early, Bollinger said. 'A little bit less [bowler-friendly], it is doing a bit with the new ball. When theres nothing swinging its a good place to bat as you saw with the openers. You fight hard and you get your runs from it. There was also assistance when Marcus North dropped Farhat on 11, adding more pressure on the No.6 batsman, whose average is hovering in the 20s this summer. Conversely, Bollinger continues to climb the rungs of reliability in the pace pack and further scrutinises Peter Siddles position. Siddle (1-62) is averaging more than 60 this summer for his wickets, but yesterday bowled well without luck. As long as Ben Hilfenhaus remains injured he is safe. 'Its the old thing of keep putting in and theyll come late, thats what Im clinging to and Im just really enjoying the fight of Test cricket, Bollinger said. This fight is being lost. SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA, first innings: 127 PAKISTAN, first innings: Farhat c Haddin b Hauritz 53 Salman c Haddin b Johnson 71 Faisal Iqbal c Watson b Siddle 27 Yousuf c Haddin b Johnson 46 Umar Akmal lbw b Bollinger 49 Misbah c Haddin b Bollinger 11 Kamran c Watson b Bollinger 14 Sami c Haddin b Watson 13 Umar Gul c Bollinger b Watson 12 Danish Kaneria not out 2 Mohammad Asif not out 0 EXTRAS: (b 2, lb 16, w 5, nb 10) 33 TOTAL: (9 wickets; 96 overs) 331 Fall of wickets: 1-109, 2-144, 3-205, 4-237, 5-277, 6-286, 7-295 , 8-323, 9-331 BOWLING DE Bollinger 21-5-70-3-3.33(6nb, 1w) PM Siddle 22-4-62-1-2.81 MG Johnson 20-2-64-2-3.20 SR Watson 17-4-40-2-2.35 NM Hauritz 16-3-77-1-4.81(4nb)