(CNN) -- Simon Katich compiled a gritty 83 as Australia set Pakistan a world record 440 to win their opening Test match at Lord's in London.
Katich's second big score of the game took the match away from Pakistan who ended the day on 114-1 in their second innings -- 326 runs away from their formidable looking target.
In the first neutral Test at the famous London venue for 98 years, Imran Farhat was the only man to go as Pakistan began their unlikely chase, as he was caught by Shane Watson off the bowling of Steven Smith for 24.
Australia began a gloomy day three on 100-4 and a determined knock from Katich came to an end when he was caught behind by Kamran Akmal off the bowling of Umar Gul with the score on 188-6.
If Pakistan harbored hopes of polishing off the tail quickly they were halted by Ben Hilfenhaus's highest ever Test score, as he made 56 not out.
He was ably assisted by wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who hit 47, and a helpful 21 from number 11 Doug Bollinger as Australia were bowled out for 334.
Pakistan started their mammoth task brightly before Farhat's dismissal, with the score on 50.
But despite riding their luck on several occasions Salman Butt and Azhar Ali batted through to the close to finish on 114-1 with the promise of better weather for Friday and Saturday.