Last Update on: October 18th, 2018 at 07:55 pm
All was going fine and shine during day three of the Pakistan-Australia Test until a bizarre run-out took place. It was Azhar Ali, who made headlines for all the wrong reasons in Abu Dhabi. After hitting one through the slip cordon off Peter Siddle, Azhar and Asad Shafiq thought the ball would race away to the fence but that didn’t happen. Not paying attention to what’s happening around, Azhar stood in the middle of the wicket before a bizarre run-out saw him walking back. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham took a shy dig at the batsmen.
Glove-punch? Really? Asks Jimmy Neesham
Just as the clipping showed the duo, Azhar and Asad doing the glove-punch in the middle, Neesham tweeted doing that for a boundary through the slip cordon would’ve been bad enough by itself.
A glove punch for a four nicked through slips would’ve been bad enough by itself https://t.co/hU55ZOukBH
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) October 18, 2018
However, the run-out must have made his way on the list of most weird dismissals in international cricket, it didn’t hamper Pakistan’s run on day three. Even after Australia had bagged a few early wickets, Pakistan’s middle-order batsmen, Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam played incredible cricket. The captain, who scored 94 in the first innings hit 81 runs, whereas, Babar failed to reach his hundred by just one run. Before the stumps were taken on day three, Pakistan had declared on 400 for nine.
Australia, in the dying hours of the day, chasing 538 lost Shaun Marsh early on. In the absence of injured Usman Khawaja, Marsh didn’t apply himself and failed to provide a good start. However, at stumps on day three, Australia had scored 47 runs and had lost one wicket. Meanwhile, day four would see the Australian team scoring more 491 runs with nine wickets in hand. Moreover, Jimmy Neesham’s sarcastic take on Azhar Ali’s bizarre run-out had left a few of his Twitter fans in splits.