Pakistan star Azhar Ali was run-out in comical fashion on day three of the second Test against Australia after assuming the ball had gone for four.
In a series of events more reminiscent of club than Test cricket, Ali was left to rue his failure to remember the basics, a mistake described by Michael Vaughan as ‘the greatest run-out of all time’.
Hahaha. This is the funniest dismissal ever. Whenever I feel embarrassed about doing something stupid, I will look at this clip and feel better. https://t.co/evpBxp3qr1
— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) October 18, 2018
The No 3 edged a ball from Peter Siddle wide of gully and with the third man area vacant presumed the ball had run away for four.
But it stopped dead inches from the boundary rope with the Australian fielders quick to notice the mishap in the middle.
Ali had not even bothered running, only glancing at where the ball had gone before taking a few steps down the track and consulting his batting partner Asad Shafiq.
Shafiq had his eyes on the ball, but he too did not notice it fall short.
The pair punched gloves and paused for a mid-pitch chat as Mitchell Starc’s bullet throw from the boundary rope was received by wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who gleefully removed the bails.
Both batsmen assumed the ball had run away for four and had a chat in the middle of the pitch
Ali stared in disbelief as he was caught well out of his crease with the Australians celebrating wildly.
He reluctantly trudged back to the pavilion at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, with his 141-ball vigil coming to a farcical end.
Ali hit 64 as Pakistan built a substantial lead over Australia in their second innings. His wicket left the hosts 160 for four, 297 runs ahead of the Aussies.