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IPL 2022: Jonny Bairstow set it up for us, says Liam Livingstone after Punjab Kings’ win over RCB | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Punjab Kings’ all-rounder Liam Livingstone credited his compatriot Jonny Bairstow with setting the tone for his workforce’s complete 54-run over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) with a blazing knock of their Indian Premier League (IPL) match on the Brabourne Stadium right here on Friday.
Bairstow hammered 66 off 29 deliveries, hitting 4 boundaries and 7 enormous sixes in an excellent show of power-hitting that set the stage for Livingstone’s 42-ball 70 that took Punjab Kings to 209/9 in 20 overs.
In reply, RCB had been restricted to 155/9, with the workforce from the south shedding its momentum after former skipper Virat Kohli and his successor Faf du Plessis had been out within the powerplay with the rating 34/2 within the fifth over. Rajat Patidar (26) and Glenn Maxwell (35) raised 51 runs for the fourth wicket however as soon as they had been dismissed, RCB’s chase misplaced steam.

“Jonny set it up perfectly for the rest of the batters and I think the way we bowled was pretty exceptional on a very good pitch,” Livingstone mentioned on the post-match presentation on Friday.
“If we get our chance to put the opposition under pressure, then (we should) make sure we do that and I thought Jonny did that perfectly today to one of their best bowlers throughout the tournament. The intent that he showed in his first over put us way ahead of the game, not just in the game but mentally as well. The way Jonny went out there and played today, we know how good he is at the top of the order and he showed that.”
About his and Bairstow’s innings, Livingstone mentioned, “It’s how we want to play our cricket. I thought Jonny was outstanding and really set the tone and from then on, I thought we were ahead of the game and it gave us a chance, especially myself, to get in and assess the conditions a little bit longer than usual. So it was nice to be able to knock it around for a little bit before setting a platform to go at the end.
“Jonny set it up completely for the remainder of the batters and I believe the way in which we bowled was fairly distinctive on an excellent pitch. I nonetheless thought we had been 10-15 (runs) brief with the dimensions of the boundary and the way good the pitch was, so I believe all credit score goes to our bowlers.”

Livingstone, who was troubled by a tight calf/Achilles and had to ice it as a precaution, said he has a difficult role in the team, going up and down the batting order.
“It’s been a distinct function. I’ve been up and down the order and simply attempting to make a contribution in each sport wherever I’m. Sometimes I are available in with three overs left, typically I’ve come within the Powerplay.
“The proudest thing for me is being able to contribute in all areas of the game, (it) is pretty pleasing for me. I feel like I’m seeing the ball well at the moment and it’s nice to be able to put in performances that go a long way to winning your team the game. So it’s been nice to get a few runs and long may it continue,” Livingstone mentioned.
He mentioned having the skillset to have the ability to bat wherever within the order units him up very well.
“Having the sort of knowledge to bat in the Powerplay but also having the skills to come in and hit from ball one at the death is something I work really hard on and I pride myself on. So wherever the team and the coach and the captain want me to bat, I’ll try to do the best of my ability,” mentioned the 28-year-old Livingstone.

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