Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur's disbelieving reaction said it all as Azhar fell for 64 to leave the hosts at 160-4 and leading Australia by 297 runs in their second innings.
In weird scenes early on day three in Abu Dhabi, Azhar convened mid-pitch with Asad Shafiq after an edge to Peter Siddle which flew past gully and seemed destined for the boundary.
However, that unpredictable piece of red leather had stopped just inches away from the rope before Mitchell Starc picked up and threw it to skipper Tim Paine, who gathered it and disturbed the timber, while the two batsmen stood unbothered. Thinking that the ball has reached the boundary and he has smashed a four, Azhar Ali started chit-chatting in the middle of the pitch with his partner Asad Shafiq.
Ali appeared paralysed on the pitch as he was forced to come to terms with what happened. Wellington wicketkeeper Lachie Johns nonchalantly took off the bails as both batsmen were on the ground.
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'If you're that stupid then you deserve to get run out, ' he said. "They're playing by the rules, they've done nothing wrong the Aussies and unfortunately the batsman have made the mistake".
The first Test ended in a draw in Dubai last week.
'Best Test dismissal ever, ' wrote another.
Pakistan, who were denied victory in the opening match after Usman Khawaja scored 141 in the final innings, pushed their lead over 200 in the final session of day two.