Pakistan look all set to take the series 1-0 after getting themselves into a position of great strength against Australia but the Abu Dhabi Test match could be remembered for one of the most embarrassing dismissal of all time. Azhar Ali was run-out after he was caught napping in the middle of the pitch when the ball was still in play.
What Exactly Happened?
It was the 53rd over of Pakistan’s second innings and Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq had just together at the fall of Haris Sohail’s dismissal in the 50th over. They had added seven runs and Azhar tried to glide Peter Siddle down to third-man where there was no fielder.
It went through the cordon and sped down to that region but did not go all the way to the fence. It stopped a feet or so before reaching the boundary. In the meantime, Mitchell Starc gave the ball a chase, almost as an after-thought, and ripped it back to the keeper.
The gaffe occurred when the batsmen thinking it was a four, ended up in the middle of the pitch, for some glove-love and a chat. By the time they realised what had transpired, Paine had knocked the bails out and was on his way to celebrating the dismissal.
Watch the Azhar Ali run-out in the second Test v Australia here:
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There were a few on social media who reckoned the run-out wasn’t within the Spirit of the Game, but we think invoking the spirit of the game is hardly fair when a cricketer has had a brain-fade. The golden rule of running between the wickets is to watch the ball till either it’s dead or the umpire calls out a boundary.
As it turns out, neither of those things happened and the ball was very much in play, resulting it being the batsman’s responsibility to be within his crease at the time of the throw.
The first Test match of the Pakistan v Australia series was drawn after a valiant effort from Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and Tim Paine, but the ‘hosts’ Pakistan look all set to earn themselves a well-deserved win in this second.