Peshawar Zalmi's fast bowler Salman Irshad was the game-changer tonight as he led his team to Eliminator 2 in Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8.
From 110-1 in 11 overs to lose the match by 12 runs, Islamabad United were dented by the sheer pace of Salman. The latter bowled a brilliant spell to force United's batting collapse.
He bagged two wickets and conceded just 18 runs in his four overs to hand Zalmi a convincing victory and a ticket to Eliminator 2.
Salman garnered massive praise for his match-winning spell on social media.
While chasing a target of 184 runs, Islamabad were restricted to 171-6 in 20 overs.
During the run-chase, Azmatullah Omarzai provided an early wicket to Peshawar as Rahmanullah Gurbaz was sent back to the hut after scoring 10 runs.
However, Alex Hales and Sohaib Maqsood took the attack to the opposition with some clean hitting. The duo added 115 runs for the second wicket partnership and put their team in the driving seat.
The century stand was finally broken by Aamer Jamal, who clean bowled Sohaib Maqsood but not before the right-hander had scored 60 runs in 48 balls.
After Maqsood's departure, Peshawar didn't look back and took control of the match with some clever bowling and regular wickets.
Azam Khan (2) also went back to hut, without a significant contribution, as he was sent packing by Salman Irshad after being beaten for pace.
Hales also followed soon after as Jamal nailed a yorker to shatter the English batter's stumps. The right-hander scored 57 runs in 37 balls with the help of nine boundaries.
Faheem Ashraf, who slipped while trying to return to the crease, was run out after a direct hit from Jamal.
Captain Shadab scored unbeaten 26 runs in 12 balls but that was not enough to get his side over the line.
Irshad was the pick of the Peshawar bowlers with figures of 2-18 in four overs.
Babar Azam-led unit will face Lahore Qalandars in Eliminator 2 at the same venue tomorrow (Friday).