Liam Livingstone finally announced himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the England international clobbered 60 runs off just 32 deliveries with five fours and five towering sixes to help Punjab Kings (PBKS) in posting a competitive total of 180/8. He backed up his solid batting performance with the bowling as well as he took two wickets to win the match for his team by 54 runs in match 11 of IPL 2022 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Speaking about how the match went by, skipper Ravindra Jadeja won the toss as CSK opted to field first. They made one change with Chris Jordan replacing Tushar Deshpande. PBKS brought in Jitesh Sharma and Vaibhav Arora in place of Raj Bawa and Harpreet Brar. Captain Mayank Agarwal scored just four runs while Bhanuka Rajapaksa, unfortunately, got run-out for nine runs.
Shikhar Dhawan was then joined by the aggressive Liam Livingstone in the middle. Dhawan amassed 33 runs but the English player Livingstone stole the show and scored a brutal half-century. Wicketkeeper batter Jitesh Sharma mustered 26 runs off just 17 balls with three sixes.
In the run chase, Gaikwad’s poor form extended as he managed just one run. CSK’s top order got blown away as they found themselves in big trouble at 36/5. Shivam Dube then smashed a fighting half-century as he amassed 57 runs off 30 deliveries. MS Dhoni scored 23 runs but PBKS bowlers were at the top of their game.
Rahul Chahar and Vaibhav Arora bowled brilliant spells of 3/25 and 2/21 respectively as CSK lost their third consecutive match of the campaign. For his all-round show, Liam Livingstone was adjudged the Player of the Match.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match 11 between Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2022:
350 – MS Dhoni appeared in his 350th T20 match. He became the second Indian after Rohit Sharma, who has played 372 T20 games, to get the feat.
60 – Liam Livingstone registered his highest score (60) in the IPL.
4 – Dwayne Bravo (24) surpassed Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23) and has now taken the fourth-most wickets against PBKS in the IPL.
4 – Livingstone recorded the fourth-fastest fifty (27 balls) in this year’s edition.
2 – CSK suffered their second-biggest defeat in terms of runs (54 runs) in the league. They lost by 60 runs against MI in 2013.
2 – Shivam Dube achieved his second-best IPL score (57). His previous best was 64 not out against CSK in 2021.
3 – Ruturaj Gaikwad has not crossed the ten-run mark in any of the first three matches in his first three seasons. He scored zero, five, zero in 2020 and amassed just five, five, and ten runs in 2021. This year he has scores of zero, one, and one.
2 – PBKS recorded the second-highest powerplay score (72/2) in this IPL. CSK is on top for scoring 73/1 against LSG.
251 – Livingstone also completed 250 sixes in the T20 matches.
2 – Moeen Ali is now joint second with three other batters with the most ducks (4) in the league since 2020. Nicholas Pooran and Nitish Rana are joint-top with six ducks to their name.
3 – Dube also smashed the joint-third fastest fifty (26 balls) in this IPL.
2 – Only the second time that CSK has been bowled out since 2018.
1 – PBKS became the first team to register 100 runs inside ten overs this season.
2 – PBKS’ score of 147/5 is only the second instance when a team scored 147 or more at the end of 15 overs and ended up scoring below 185. Mumbai got all out for 173 runs against DC in 2014 after putting a score of 147/4 at the end of 15 overs.