Punjab Kings covered Royal Challengers Bangalore under a storm of runs as they kept their play-off dream buzzing with 54-run triumph, riding on heavenly fifties from Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone in an IPL match here on Friday.
Bairstow (66 off 29 balls) and Livingstone (70 off 42 balls) pushed Punjab Kings to 209 for 9 in a must-win match and the scoreboard was continuously going to be telling as RCB were confined to 155 for 9 of 20 overs.
While Punjab stay in the blend in with 12 points from as many games, the edge of triumph extensively worked on their net run-rate to +0.210, and RCB in spite of having 14 points from 13 games are at a – 0.323.
Liam Livingstone Praises His Partner Jonny Bairstow
A great deal of credit for this huge success goes to the English duo of Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone. After the match, Liam Livingstone adulated his comrade, saying thanks to him for setting up the stage for the last push.
“Jonny was outstanding and set the tone, from then on we were ahead of the game. It was a chance for myself to get in and assess the conditions a little bit longer than usual. It was nice to knock it around for a little bit before setting a platform to get at the end.
Jonny set it up for the rest of the batters and the way we bowled was exceptional on a very good pitch. I still thought we were 10-15 short with the size of the boundary and how good the pitch was, all credit goes to our bowlers,” said Livingstone. He added that he has the skills to bat ‘anywhere.’
“I am seeing the ball well at the moment and it is nice to put in performances to win games for your team. Wherever I play, batting in different positions, I have the skill set to bat anywhere and that is something that sets me up really well.”
It Was One Of Those Days: Jonny Bairstow
Prior, Bairstow’s initial quick assault tracked down its optimal match in Livingstone’s completing savagery. While Bairstow established the groundwork with a 29-ball-66, Liam Livingstone was similarly great in his 42-ball-70 as the RCB bowlers had a day which they might want to forget in a rush.
“It’s one of those days. A couple of those come off and it’s your day. Many quality bowlers in the IPL and sometimes you’ve got to try and get them off their lengths (taking on Josh). It’s a completely different commodity, playing with England and playing here.
Stats would suggest I quite enjoy opening the batting. The bats are very good, I must admit,” Man of the Match Bairtstow said in post match presentation.