On day three of the second Test between Pakistan and Australia in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan middle-order batsman Azhar Ali was dismissed in a bizarre fashion that needs to be seen to be believed. Ali hit Australian pacer Peter Siddle towards the third-man boundary. The batsmen thought it crossed the boundary and he started chatting with his partner Asad Shafiq in the middle of the pitch.
However, the ball stopped inside the rope and Mitchell Starc picked it a yard from the boundary and threw it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who ran Azhar out, leaving the Pakistani duo -- who have a combined experience of 130 Tests and over 9,000 runs -- looking stunned and sheepish.
Azhar fell for a well played 64, inclusive of four boundaries.
OUT! Wow. Azhar Ali has just outdone Marnus Labuschagne. He's stopped running in the middle of the pitch because he thought it was a boundary. It was not. https://t.co/PmScvw098C #PakvAus pic.twitter.com/V6yktYLXeZ— FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FoxCricket) 18 October 2018
The comical run out had Twitter in splits, as several described it as one of the most unbelievable run-outs in the history of cricket.
This December, please remember to make Azhar Ali's runout as the best cricket thing this year.— I dont know anything. (@ABVan) 18 October 2018