Defending Pakistan Super League champions Peshawar Zalmi beat Quetta Gladiators in the first eliminator to inch one step closer to another title. The reigning champions won the game by just one run at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Tuesday.
But the thrilling game was not the only thing that caught everyone’s attention. Zalmi pacer Umaid Asif hogged all the limelight for his performance as well as his celebration. He accounted for Rilee Rossouw (8) and the dismissed Mahmudullah for 19 runs. After taking Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah’s wicket, Asif went on celebrate in style. He flaunted the ‘Iron Man’ t-shirt, which he was wearing inside his team’s jersey.
Here is the clip showing the celebration:
Coming to the game, it was an absolute nail-biter, keeping the fans on the edge of their seats till the end. Chasing 158, the Gladiators looked well out of contest when they needed 25 off the last over. However, Anwar Ali hit three sixes and a boundary to bring down equation down to three off the final delivery. But they could manage only 1 off the last ball and lost the game by 1 run.
Earlier in the game, the Zalmi had scored 157 with former England allrounder Liam Dawson scoring a 35-ball 62 with six boundaries and four sixes. Zalmi will now take on Karachi Kings in the second eliminator in Lahore on Wednesday and the winner of that match will face Islamabad United in the final in Karachi on Sunday.