Punjab Kings registered a tremendous triumph against table-clinchers Gujarat Titans, chasing down the target with 4 overs and 8 wickets in hand. PBKS was headed to a simple success after the base given by Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Notwithstanding, Liam Livingstone controlled the Kings to a net run rate supporting win as he smacked 26 runs in an over against Mohammad Shami.
Livingstone has been fairly inconsistent this season for the Punjab Kings in the wake of being purchased for 11.50 crores INR in the IPL 2022 uber closeout. In this match, Jonny Bairstow, who has been struggling with structure, was shipped off open instead of chief Mayank Agarwal. The captain didn’t come out to bat after Punjab lost their subsequent wicket, expecting a speedy recovery.
Furthermore, Liam Livingstone delivered only that as he smacked an unbeaten 30 runs in 10 balls with a strike rate of 300. Punjab Kings required 27 runs to win in 30 balls as Mohammad Shami was bowling that over.
In the sixteenth over, Liam Livingstone hit a huge 117 meter six out of the arena, which left the commentators, fans, and players in absolute shock. Mohammad Shami was the bowler in that over, even though he was dazzled with the humongous hit.
Livingstone cleared his front leg in an angling length ball and swung his bat very hard to get it over deep square leg for that huge six.
This was the 3rd time that Livingstone crossed the 100m mark in the ongoing season. Dewald Brevis is in the second position with a 112-meter-hit.
Livingstone who was in great touch today hit three sixes and two boundaries to take Punjab over the finishing line.
” Swinging hard enough. I didn’t think I was going to bat at one point, nice to go out and hit a few out the middle. I thought Shikhar played beautifully to set it up, and Bhanu with that partnership. It was a big win for us and we needed it, we have played some bad cricket in the last couple of games and it is nice to turn it around. I went up to Mayank and said I fancy going in before you and he said you go in if Bhanu gets out and I go in if Shikhar gets out. We know our roles and also if Mayank is there we have more stability. It is all about learning, it is hard to go in and play the way we wanted to as a new team. We played a bit smarter today and you have to play like that on such pitches “, Livingstone said at the brief post-match presentation.