Islamabad had warmed up for the PSL final with a team bonding cruise in the Persian Gulf where 216cm (7ft 1in) fast bowler Mohammed Irfan shocked colleagues by catching a seagull in his bare hands.

The fast bowler was understood to have been dared to grab one of the birds flying alongside the craft the Islamabad team was cruising on, and did so to the shock and amusement of colleagues.

The video was posted on Islamabad United’s Facebook page, and showed the fast bowler releasing the bird unharmed after a few moments in his giant hands.

Irfan took two wickets in Islamabad’s victory against Quetta, including the third-ball dismissal of Bismillah, and finished with 2-25 from his four overs.