Pakistan are in commanding position of the Abu Dhabi Test as the hosts gained massive 281-run lead in their second innings on day three.
Batsmen Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail resumed Pakistan’s second innings with 144/2 on day three as Australia suffered a major blow in shape of Mitchell Starc — who is battling a hamstring strain and may not bowl again in the ongoing second Test.
On Day 3 of the 2nd Test between Pakistan and Australia, middle-order batsman Azhar Ali was run out in a bizarre fashion. In Siddle’s over, Ali, who was batting on 64, edged a delivery past gully on the drive, and the ball ran towards the rope. The Pakistan batsmen assumed that it was going for a four, and he decided to get involved in a discussion with his partner Asad Shafiq in the middle of the pitch.
But in reality, the ball stopped just short and was picked up by Mitchell Starc. The left-arm seamer quickly threw the ball towards wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who took down the stumps to dismiss Ali. Ali did not even bother trying to run back and just looked at the bails been taken off with a perplexed look.
Azhar Ali was in conversation with Asad Shafi, thinking he had steered the ball for four, when Tim Paine collected it and ran him out.
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The comical run out left twitterati laughing as several described it as one of the most unbelievable run-outs in the history of cricket.
One of my favourite wickets in the Aust-Pakistan test series live on @FOXSportsAUS . What was Azhar Ali thinking???? Run out after thinking the ball went for four lol @CricketAust @trentcopeland @adampeacock pic.twitter.com/DAWtG7h8UR
— Andy Paschalidis (@AndyPaschalidis) October 18, 2018
Deadset, the most stupid run out you will ever see in Test cricket. He thought he hit a 4, he didn’t.https://t.co/8RKbnXnZVO
— Tim Mackay ?? (@timqfadvice) October 18, 2018
“We’ll get Marnus and Azhar Ali to star in a movie – Dumb and Dumber.”
Gold from AB!!! @FoxCricket
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_M_FOX) October 18, 2018
That run out is one for the ages… Azhar Ali has just raised the bar for his fellow batsmen to an unprecedented level…
p.s – Coach Mickey Arthur’s reaction… ?
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) October 18, 2018
The list of insanely ridiculous run outs of Pakistani batsmen is long but Azhar Ali has just turned in an all time top five entry.
— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) October 18, 2018
— khaleeque kazmi (@anwer_kazmi) October 18, 2018
Azhar Ali knows some innovative ways to get run out. https://t.co/sYLGsKOpNG
— C. (@vanillawallah) October 18, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 18, 2018
Earlier, On Wednesday, Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Abbas finished with five for 33 to bowl out Australia for a paltry 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in the first innings on the second day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Pakistan stretched that lead to 281 as they were 144 for two at close, with Azhar Ali not out on 54 for his first half century in the series and Haris Sohail was 17 not out.
With eight wickets in hand Pakistan were in a great position to force a 1-0 lead in the two-match series after the first Test ended in a fighting draw in Dubai last week.
Azhar, who fell for disappointing scores of 18, four and 15 in the last three innings, batted with resolve, having so far hit three boundaries.
But it was once again debutant Fakhar Zaman who lifted Pakistan with a brilliant 66 following up his 94 in the first innings, before giving a return catch to Nathan Lyon who took an evasive action but still managed to hold onto the ball.
Zaman hit seven boundaries in an enterprising knock.
Zaman said Pakistan were in the driving seat.
“Yes, our position is good,” said Zaman. “If we score 100-150 runs more on Thursday then with a turning wicket we have a very good chance of winning this Test.”
Zaman said he was lucky to have played this Test.
“I was with the squad from the start but during the first Test I was about to return to Pakistan before, unfortunately, Imam-ul-Haq got injured and I got this chance of playing my first Test.”
Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a hundred in the drawn first Test, fell to a lazy shot off pacer Mitchell Starc, caught at short mid-off for six.
Earlier, Abbas and spinner Bilal Asif (3-23) wrecked Australia for 145 in their innings.
Abbas had Shaun Marsh, in the fourth over of the day, for three and Travis Head for 14 before wrapping up the innings by trapping Starc leg-before for 34.
This becomes Abbas´s third five-wicket haul in a burgeoning career of ten Tests.
Asif had removed Aaron Finch (39) and in the last over before lunch trapped Tim Paine leg-before for three.
Marnus Labuschagne offered some resistance during his 25 before falling to a freakish run out, backing up too far as a drive from Starc was deflected to the stumps by Yasir Shah with Labuschagne out of his crease.
Abbas, whose first wicket of the match made him the joint second fastest Pakistani to 50 wickets, gave Pakistan an early wicket in the fourth over of the day, removing Marsh with a catch in the slip.
He then had Head caught in the second slip to leave Australia at 56 for four.
Leg-spinner Yasir made it 75 for five with the wicket of Mitchell Marsh, caught close to the wicket for 13 before Australia lose two more to reach lunch at 91 for seven.
Afer the Tests both the teams will play a series of three Twenty20 international with the first in Abu Dhabi on October 24.