After putting Pakistan in a commanding position during the second Test against Australia, batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq involved a comical run-out that will be remembered for ages in the history of gentlemen’s game. In the past as well, Pakistan cricket team had become the butt of jokes due to their poor performances and frivolous antics on the cricket field. Also Read - ICC's Guidelines 'Weird And Off-putting' But Health And Safety More Important: MCC Chief Kumar Sangakkara
On the day 3 of the second Test, top-order batsman Ali gave the internet users another reason to mock the national team for showing unforgivable negligence on the field. Batting on 64, Ali got a thick edge on the third ball of Peter Siddle’s over that went through gully. His partner Shafiq ran towards him as the ball was travelling to the fence. To everyone’s surprise, the ball stopped about a feet away from the boundary line. Also Read - Virat Kohli Recalls How He Earned MS Dhoni's Trust For India Captaincy, Says Becoming Skipper Not Even in my Wildest Dreams
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The chasing fielder – Mitchell Starc, probably assumed the ball would go for four too, but hared after it anyway, possibly in the knowledge that this pitch has a very slow outfield.
Assuming that the ball has reached the fence, Ali along with his teammate Shafiq did not bother to finish the run and stopped midway on the pitch for some chit-chat. From the outfield, Starc collected the ball and threw to Australian captain, Tim Paine, who gleefully broke the stumps, to Ali’s utter disbelief.
Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, was left shocked at the whole dismissal which was nothing short of comical.
Earlier, after the wicket of veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez early in the innings, opener Fakhar Zaman and Ali put up a good partnership to steady the Pakistan innings. At the time of writing, Pakistan are in a commanding position versus Australia, they have taken a mammoth 420 runs in the 2nd Test.