Day 3 was all in the balance until the two Pakistan batsmen on crease pulled off a hilarious brain fade stint resulting into a comical run-out of Azhar Ali.
Pakistan was a few miles ahead of Australia right from the start despite Nathan Lyon well-appreciated four-for. They have maintained their edge throughout the game. With the help of Mohammad Abbas’ five-for, Pakistan restricted Australia to a total of 145. Thus securing a lead 137 runs after the end of the first two innings.
Azhar Ali edged the ball past gully over to the drive, and it ran to the rope and both Shafiq and Azhar thought it had gone for four. Meanwhile, the ball had stopped just short of the rope. Mitchell Starc chased it down and threw it back and Azhar and Asad were mid-pitch just having a chat. Paine whipped the bails off and Azhar has to go! They clearly thought it had gone for four and stopped running! They didn’t run at all, neither did pay any attention to what’s been going on in the middle. As a result, Azhar Ali was run out in the most bizarre fashion and there was nothing but disappointment in the Pakistani dressing room. Meanwhile, the rest of the world laughed their guts out.
There have many reactions and takes on that incident. Some believe it was a ‘sheer lack of professionalism’ on Pakistan’s part, whereas others think “what Australia did in that run out is against the spirit of cricket”. In addition to these reactions, let’s look at some Twitter reactions on the incident.
The most bizarre run out ever?
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) October 18, 2018
— ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2018
And, Azhar Ali’s own statement:
— The Field (@thefield_in) October 19, 2018
The most unique and hilarious tweet had to come from England’s Stuart Broad:
If we’re talking Run Outs, this is still very hard to beat… 😂😂🏏🏏🍌🍌https://t.co/Dyi1vLZqMK
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 18, 2018
Nevertheless, Pakistan went on to score a huge total and finally declared on 400 for 9. At the end of Day 3, Australia were at 47 for the loss of one wicket and 491 runs behind the target.