(CNN) -- Australian captain Ricky Ponting led his team's fightback on the second day of the second and final Test match against Pakistan at Headingley, England.
Ponting was unbeaten on 61 when bad light brought an early close to the day's play, with Michael Clarke not out 32 at the other end, as Australia reached 136 for two.
The pair have put on 81 runs for the third wicket, just seven less than the whole of Australia's first innings total of 88.
It means Pakistan lead by just 34 runs after they had scored 258 in reply to Australia's dramatic collapse on Wednesday.
As well as Ponting's knock, which saw him become only the second batsman to reach the 12,000-run landmark in Test matches, all-rounder Shane Watson claimed six wickets for 33 runs in just 11 overs to keep Australia firmly in the match.
Australia's second innings started shakily when Mohammad Aamer bowled opener Simon Katich around his legs with their score on 15.
And Shane Watson was next to go for 24 -- with the Aussies on 55 for two -- when he played the ball onto his own stumps off an Umar Amin delivery.
Australia won the opening Test match at Lord's in a series being played in England because of security concerns in Pakistan.