Australia is in massive trouble in the second test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, finishing day three 491 runs behind and at 1-47 in their second innings.
Pakistan declared at 9/400, giving themselves a little over two days to seal victory by bowling out Australia.
Yet it could have been much worse had it not been for a massive brain fade by one of Pakistan’s best batsmen, number three Azhar Ali, who was bizarrely run out as he stood mid-pitch talking to his batting partner, Asad Shafiq, thinking he’d just hit a four.
Except he hadn’t. The ball stopped a ruler-length short of the boundary from Azhar’s edge through the slips off a Peter Siddle delivery.
Mitchell Starc casually threw the ball back to keeper Tim Paine, who showed no signs of urgency as the Pakistani duo remained in oblivious conversation, before he whipped off the bails and started celebrating.
— FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FoxCricket) October 18, 2018
It took a second for what happened to sink in for the Pakistani pair, and Azhar, looking set on 64 off 100 balls, was headed to the change rooms.
And everyone was gobsmacked by what happened.
If nothing else it made Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne feel a little better after he was run out in the first innings due to the rookie error of failing to ground his bat at the non-striker’s end when a Starc straight drive was touched on the way through by Yasir Shah.
Labuschagne watched as the ball went past in just his second (and perhaps last) test and his bat still hovered in the air. Bizarre, amazing and incredible were among the descriptions from commentators.
But the hold my beer moment for run outs this week goes to Tasmanian duo Matthew Wade and Jake Doran in their side’s match against Queensland at the Gabba this week.
Wade cut and the pair set off for a run, and somehow managed to collide mid-pitch, knocking Wade to the ground. However, it was Doran heading towards the batter’s end and the clash was enough to slow him down as as a spot-on throw from Sam Heazlett struck the stumps.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 18, 2018
Bruised egos and shoulders.
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