You will never know which Punjab Kings’ team will turn up on the day. The team from North India has become the most unpredictable side in the IPL, courtesy of their game. On Tuesday, they were up against the table-toppers of the IPL 2022 Gujarat Titans in the 48th match of the mega-event.
But, Punjab Kings brushed aside the mighty opponents with ease and registered an eight-wicket win with four overs remaining. It was a complete team effort from Mayank Agarwal & co. to bounce back in the competition.
Earlier, Gujarat Titans’ skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and chose to have a go with the bat first. However, his batters could not back his decision properly and managed a below-par total of 143/8 in 20 overs.
South African pacer Kagiso Rabada turned up the heat with a four-for, while Arshdeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, and Liam Livingstone bagged one wicket each.
Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Liam Livingstone ensured a win for Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings lost Jonny Bairstow early in the chase but experienced Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa didn’t let Gujarat Titans grow in the game. When Rajapaksa returned to the dugout, the game was almost sealed for the Kings.
However, Liam Livingstone decided to finish the game early with his explosive fireworks. The Englishman all-rounder smashed his way to 30 runs off 10 deliveries, including three maximums.
Interestingly, Liam Livingstone also smashed an outrageous 117-meter six off Mohammad Shami to shock everyone on the ground. He scored 28 runs off the veteran’s over to finish the game with a flurry.
Watch the video here:
Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan returned unbeaten at a score of 62 off 53 deliveries. Punjab Kings have jumped to the 5th place in the points table with this win, winning 5 games while losing five out of 10.
Twitterati was impressed with Liam Livingstone‘s exploits with the bat and praised the all-rounder alongside the team.
Check out the best tweets here:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 3, 2022
Bowled to the perfection first up & finished the game in a hurry to get a jump on run rate 👏 #PunjabKings
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 3, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 3, 2022
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) May 3, 2022
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) May 3, 2022
Back to winning ways and getting closer to our objective ✌️😊 pic.twitter.com/s1Q4Fpuei5
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 3, 2022
SRH and Punjab Kings are the only two teams to defeat Gujarat Titans.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 3, 2022
6,6,6,4,2,4 by Livingstone and won it for Punjab Kings. What a ball striker, Livi.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 3, 2022
Rashid Khan inspecting Liam Livingstone's bat 😭 pic.twitter.com/O9JG2Zh8oL
— ꌗꂦꃅꍏꀤ꒒ꪜ (@iamsohail__1) May 3, 2022
What a monstrous 117 M SIX by LORD @liaml4893.
— Deepak Pandey (@pdeepakOO7) May 3, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 3, 2022