Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.
Pakistan were intent on keeping the Aussies in the desert heat.
A mass player shortage confronting the NSW Blues has been exacerbated by former Test seamer Trent Copeland succummbing to stress fractures of the back.
Ellyse Perry's Cricket Australia XI hold off West Indies.
Hong Kong's cricketers are ready should they be needed to replace the West Indies at next year's World Cup.
Dubai pitch likely to result in Australia playing two frontline spinners and unveiling debutants.
Dual international Ellyse Perry says she has no immediate ambitions to take on a captaincy role in either cricket or soccer despite taking the leadership reins on Tuesday for the first time since junior sport.