WATCH: Azhar Ali run out in bizarre manner during mid-pitch chat with Asad Shafiq
An alert Tim Paine swoops in to run out Azhar Ali in Abu Dhabi.

Talk about taking your eyes off the ball. Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali was at the wrong end of a bizarre run-out on day three of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi when he was caught unaware by a throw from the deep while having a chat with his partner Asad Shafiq halfway down the pitch.

On 64, Azhar steered a ball from Peter Siddle between gully and the slips and down to third man. After a couple of steps out, he stopped and slowly strolled down the pitch to punch gloves with Shafiq, thinking that the ball would race away to the boundary for four.

Mitchell Starc jogged after the ball, saw it hold up before the boundary line and threw it back to Tim Paine who collected it, saw that the batsmen were unaware and broke the stumps while appealing for a run out.

This stunned the Pakistan batsmen, and after several reviews the third umpire ruled that it was indeed Azhar who was the one run out.