ABU DHABI - Of late, victories in one-day series have been rare for Australia, and their last came in September 2008 against bottom-of-the-line Bangladesh. But courtesy a most insipid display by the Younis Khan-led Pakistan in two back-to-back encounters, the Aussies here are now primed for their first this year. As for Pakistan, if the intent is to bag the rubber, the entire team would need to resurrect itself and turn it on today - or it would be too late. So, the comeback has to come now. All Pakistan has to do is to play slightly better than it did in the first games, shun unforced errors, keep self-destructive impulses in check, and show application and intensity. These are ingredients that have been sorely missing in the last two encounters. That killer instinct that separates winners from losers has not really been visible. The morale is an issue, so is the momentum. It would be for any side that loses all 10 its wickets for 76 runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory - as Pakistan did in the third game. From 95 for naught, with just a hundred and a bit to go to get one leg up over the Aussies, Pakistan's middle order chucked away a win that was there for the taking. And how Caving in to the cobwebs of self-doubt and to a spin attack consisting of Nathan Hauritz backed up by two part-timers in Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds. That was the kind of bowling that batsmen from our parts, on wickets that are slow and low, used to cherish and thrive on. Led by Shahid Afridi's 10 scalps, at a most remarkable average of 10.70 apiece, Pakistan's bowling - especially the spin trio - so far has delivered. When Saeed Ajmal was quite understandably tentative during the third game, the Aussies still managed less than 200 - a good 30-odd runs short. Afridi is not firing with the bat though, and this has made a negative impact in the low-scoring games. But more than Afridi or the other all-rounders, it is Pakistan's middle order that must share the blame for the two losses. Younis, the kingpin in the upper order, has been quite uninspiring with the bat. And that affects his captaincy too. He has to hit some semblance of form for the team depends on him. Misbah-ul-Haq's impulsive attitude makes the middle order even more vulnerable. Without these two firing, there is too much pressure on the late order - which it has not so far absorbed. "Run chases require rhythm," says Ramiz Raja, and Pakistan's batting has mostly lacked it. Raja also believes that the Pakistanis would need to lift themselves big time, "both technically and mentally" if they desire to upstage the Aussies. That would now be difficult, for after the two wins - especially the second one intriguingly against the run of play -the Aussies feel re-energised. With a depleted squad going through a rebuilding phase when they are experimenting with several combinations, after the loss in the first outing, the Aussies were resigned to another series loss. That no longer is the case, and they would be fancying the hat-trick today to seal the issue. The moment of reckoning for Pakistan thus has arrived. It remains to be seen whether Younis and his charges are up to it.