Australia went from a 142-run opening stand to lose all 10 wickets for just 60 more runs.
Bilal Asif was the chief destroyer with the 33-year-old Pakistani debutant taking 6/36.
Commentators praised Asif's performance, but former legendary Australian captain Allan Border didn't understand why Australia found it so difficult.
"It's not spitting and turning, it's turning a little bit," Border said.
"To me it's been a typical subcontinent pitch, maybe a bit slower than ideal right from the get-go, but it's a lot better than some of the pitches I've seen recently in India where they basically turn right from the first ball. This one gives you a chance as a batsman."
Speaking in the tea break on Fox Sports, when Australia were 5/180, former Australian batsman and selector Mark Waugh said batting is hard work in Asia.
"That's what happens in the subcontinent, you've got to be very careful about losing both your set batsmen at the same time," he said.
"When there are new batsmen at the crease, all of a sudden guys are searching for the ball and it's a different ball game. Give credit to the Pakistani bowlers and yes, there were some naive shots from our middle-order players."
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.