Pakistan within touching distance of victory Australians fought hard but Pakistani gave an even stronger response as the visitors ended day three at SCG in firm control. By close, Australia were 286-8 with an overall lead of 80 runs and staring a defeat against a well rounded Pakistan. Earlier Pakistan were all out for 333 after getting a sizeable lead of 206. Starting the second innings with a deficit of more than 200 runs was always going to be difficult but Australians are renowned for strong comebacks. Openers Shane Watson and Phil Hughes knitted a solid 105 runs for the first wicket as Pakistanis failed to make much of an impression in the first session. Kaneria was expected to play a big role on a Sydney pitch and he did just that. He removed Hughes for 37. Umar Gul looked a completely changed man bowling with a lot of aggression and direction. He got rid of Ricky Ponting before accounting for Shane Watson. It was the third time in his career that Watson had been out in the 90s but it was Gul who should get the credit for a superb delivery. Despite these losses Australians were sailing in safe waters at tea on 199-3. Things changed after tea as Danish Kaneria got into his element bowling cunningly and using his variations well. The spinner took three quick wickets as Australians pummeled to 252-7 with only a 51 runs lead. However, had Kaneria got the support from Kamran Akmal things could have been different. Kamran dropped regulation edges from Michael Hussey thrice off Kanerias bowling, on 27, 45 and 52. Still it was a profitable session as Umar Gul removed Nathan Hauritz. Pakistan look set to register their first Test win over Australia in 14 years. The team has played really well as a unit however Kamran Akmals keeping on day three has been a big let down. Pakistan should wrap up the Australian innings early on. Australia have only twice in 132 years have come back from a bigger deficit to snatch victory but still Pontings men wont give it away easily. Pakistan look firm favourites. Kaneria puts Australians in a spin Danish Kaneria is a world class spinner and he gave another fine display of his talent and prowess. Kaneria was always expected to make an impact on Sydney pitch but his services werent required in the first innings as seamers took control. Now Pakistan needed Kanerias services and he obliged big time. Kaneria got the first breakthrough when he caught and bowled opener Phil Hughes. He used his pack of tricks really well to tie down the Aussies. The tea session got three crucial breakthroughs in a jiffy to lift Pakistan after a solid start. Marcus North was caught bat-pad to Kaneria for 2 and soon after Brad Haddin was undone by delivery to be trapped leg before - a decision which was referred by Haddin but the third umpire also agreed with the on field umpire as Australians slide continued. Kaneria bamboozled Mitchell Johnson with a googly to be bowled for three as Australians were reduced to 252-7. However it was a pity that Kaneria couldnt get the wicket of Australias lone ranger Michael Hussey whom he trapped thrice only to see keeper Kamran Akmal dropping all the regulation chances. This wicket could have given Kaneria his fifth wicket for the innings and 250th Test wicket as a whole. Kanerias 4-117 off 32.1 overs saw Pakistan take a firm grip. Disturbingly for Pakistan, Kaneria had to be helped off the field late in the day with severe cramp in his left leg but is expected to take field on the fourth morning.