The English batter Jonny Bairstow has come out to bat with some intent against RCB as the opener smashed a 21-ball half-century including six maximums.
On Friday night, Royal Challengers Bangalore are up against Punjab Kings in the 60th match of the IPL 2022 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. It is a must-win game for Punjab Kings to stay alive in the competition, while RCB are trying to get closer to the playoffs with a vital victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s skipper Faf du Plessis invited Anil Kumble’s men to bat first after winning the toss. However, the move didn’t work as Punjab Kings’ openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow, came out with aggressive intent. The Englishman, in particular, took RCB‘s bowlers to the cleaners and smashed them all around the park.
Jonny Bairstow provided Punjab Kings with a desirable start in a must-win game
The English batter looked to attack the opposition from the very first over as he smashed Glenn Maxwell for a six in the opening over of the innings. From there, he just kept getting better and raced to a 21-ball fifty.
Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan added 60 runs for the first wicket in five overs. Punjab Kings and Jonny Bairstow kept going from there as they finished the powerplay 83 runs for one wicket.
However, Royal Challengers managed to mount a mini-comeback post powerplay by scalping two quick wickets. The spinners took the charge in the middle overs as Wanindu Hasaranga outfoxed his Sri Lankan teammate Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed earned the massive wicket of Jonny Bairstow.
Jonny played a brilliant knock of 66 runs of 29 deliveries, including four boundaries and seven maximums. At the time of the writing, Mayank Agarwal and Liam Livingstone are trying to resurrect the innings as Punjab Kings are 108/3 in 11 overs.
Meanwhile, fans could not stop themselves from praising Jonny Bairstow for a vital knock in a must-win game and took Twitter to express their views.
Check out the best tweets here:
The 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐲 𝐁𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐰 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 has officially begun at Brabourne! 🤩
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) May 13, 2022
Jonny Bairstow hitting boundaries on every ball. Meanwhile, the bowlers and fans of RCB… pic.twitter.com/yFDOwtRvWj
— itsaryan (@aryans779) May 13, 2022
Bairstow’s gone berserk. RCB will be chasing 200-plus if they don’t get him soon
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 13, 2022
Bairstow boom💥 #jonnybairstow on 🔥 fire make 66 in just 29 balls .
That's a master class inning by Jonny budyyyyy.
— Arav Choudhary (@iaravchoudhary) May 13, 2022
There’s nobody in the world like Jonny Bairstow when he hits top level. Fast starts, fast middle overs, pace spin everything will go. That’s why Punjab backed backed and backed him
— Dave (@CricketDave27) May 13, 2022
— ContentSepians (@ContentSepians) May 13, 2022
Kumble Saab's motto to win against RCB>>> pic.twitter.com/MHJOwIP9Hj
— Aro (@StarkRemembers) May 13, 2022
This is just sheer destruction by Jonny Bairstow – 83/1 in the Powerplay.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 13, 2022