Liam Livingstone praises Jonny Bairstow after his match-winning knock
By SMCS - May 14, 2022 12:20 pm
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Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) Liam Livingstone has applauded Jonny Bairstow, for playing a stunning knock against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday, May 13 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. After being put in to bat first, Jonny Bairstow smashed 66 runs off a mere 29 balls including four fours and seven sixes as well. The batter, however, set the stage, after which Punjab Kings set a massive target of 210 runs in 20 overs as well.

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Jonny Bairstow smashed a huge six

“That’s how we want to play our cricket, 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,” Liam Livingstone was quoted as saying.

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After Jonny Bairstow got out, it was Livingstone, who hit a quick-fire 42-ball knock of 70 with five fours and four sixes as well. However, PBKS restricted RCB to 155/9 after Kagiso Rabada claimed three wickets. Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar also picked up two wickets each also.

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone failed to convert the start

“It has been a different role, I have been up and down the order, just trying to make a contribution in every game and the proudest thing for me is being able to contribute in all areas. 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,” he further added.

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“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. If we get our chance to put the opposition under pressure then make sure we do that, Jonny did that against one of their best bowlers in the tournament,” Liam Livingstone concluded.