Last Update on: May 3rd, 2022 at 11:54 pm
Punjab Kings thrashed table-toppers Gujarat Titans here in Mumbai on Tuesday night as they beat them by 8 wickets with 24 balls to spare.
Liam Livingstone, the hard-hitting all-rounder from England lit up the stadium with exuberant stroke play as he powered his way to 30 runs off just 10 balls. This included a humongous six of 117 metres.
Liam Livingstone Hit Mohammad Shami For 28 Runs In An Over To Finish Off The Game
Earlier in the day, GT posted just 143 runs on the board after Hardik Pandya decided to bat first. It was courtesy of Sai Sudarshan’s debut IPL half-century that GT posted a respectable total. The best bowler on the day for PBKS was Kagiso Rabada who picked up 4 wickets for 32 runs.
Punjab did not have the best of starts to their chase as they lost Jonny Bairstow early. Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shikhar Dhawan then had an 87 run partnership but Rajapaksa got out in the 12th over.
Liam Livingstone then joined Dhawan at the crease. He didn’t score much in his first 4 balls. But right after the 2nd strategic time-out, he went all guns blazing against Mohammad Shami in the 15th over.
On the very first delivery which was bowled full and was angling in towards Livingstone, he just cleared his front leg and whapped the ball with his brute force. The ball went sailing into the crowd as the commentators, Livingstone himself and the bowler all gasped at how far the ball had gone. It was the longest six of the tournament so far. Livingstone earlier in the season had hit a 112 m monstrous six and on Tuesday he surpassed even that hit by 5 m.
In the same over, Livingstone hit 3 more sixes against Shami, one of them was 92m long. The others were comparatively way shorter as they came from outside edges but regardless of how they came, it was enough to finish the game off in that over itself.
This win has given Punjab Kings much needed win in the tournament.