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Watch: Wahab Riaz embraces Martin Guptill after PSL dismissal, has heart in mouth over near-overstep

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

Watch: Wahab Riaz embraced Martin Guptill after he dismissed the latter, even offering a kiss during Peshawar Zalmi’s PSL clash against Quetta Gladiators on Wednesday (March 7, 2023).

Peshawar Zalmi got off to a brilliant start in the game and on the back of Babar Azam’s splendid hundred, put up 240 in their allotted 20 overs. Quetta Gladiators, in response, got off to a flier themselves, with Jason Roy and Guptill taking a liking to the Peshawar Zalmi’s bowlers.

On the fifth ball of the third over, though, Wahab gave Peshawar Zalmi the breakthrough they were after. He bowled the ball back of a length on off stump. The ball held up in the surface a touch and seemed to bounce a tad extra. Guptill tried to swipe it away but could only top edge it tamely towards the bowler. Wahab called early and completed a fairly regulation catch.


As soon as he held onto the catch, though, he rushed towards Guptill, embraced him and offered him a kiss on the helmet. Guptill looked a little taken aback by the whole sequence as he walked back to the pavilion. Wahab, too, had a heart-in-mouth moment when the umpires were checking if he had overstepped. Thankfully for him, he had managed to keep his front foot just behind the line.

Watch Wahab Riaz dismissing Guptill and giving him a kiss here:

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