PBKS vs RCB: Liam Livingstone heaps praise on Jonny Bairstow after match-winning knock – He set the tone for us

IPL 2022, PBKS vs RCB: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow became the Player of the Match after his team defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 54 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Liam Livingstone in action against Royal Challengers Bangalore. (Courtesy: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Livingstone score 70 runs off 42 balls
  • Bairstow became the Player of the Match
  • PBKS defeated RCB by 54 runs

Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) batter Liam Livingstone heaped praise on his England teammate, Jonny Bairstow, for playing a match-winning knock against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday, May 13 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

After being put into bat first, Bairstow threw the kitchen sink at everything to score 66 runs off a mere 29 balls with the help of four fours and seven sixes. The right-hander set the platform, after which PBKS went on to set the Challengers a massive target of 210 runs to chase down.

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“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,” Livingstone was quoted as saying.

After Bairstow got out, it was Livingstone, who upped the ante by scoring a quick-fire 42-ball knock of 70 with five fours and four sixes. Thereafter, PBKS restricted RCB to 155/9 following Kagiso Rabada’s three-wicket haul. Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar also got two wickets apiece.

Livingstone admitted that PBKS were quite a few runs short due to the short boundaries at the venue in Mumbai. But he also lauded the bowlers for stepping up and helping PBKS garner the massive victory.

“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,” he added.

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