The 16th match of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League is happening between the Punjab Kings and the Gujarat Titans, with Brabourne Stadium playing host to the fixture. GT skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and invited the Punjab Kings to bat first. Liam Livingstone top-scored for the Mohali-based franchise with a splendid half-century.
Livingstone failed to get going in his first few IPL matches, but the right-handed batter has returned to form in the tournament with back-to-back half-centuries. He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his excellent performance against the Chennai Super Kings, and now against the Gujarat Titans, he scored 64 runs from 27 deliveries.
Rashid Khan dismissed him, while debutant Darshan Nalkande was also impressive for the Gujarat Titans as he scalped two wickets in two balls on his debut. Speaking to the host broadcasters after the first innings, Nalkande said:
“There were nerves but Ashish sir and Hardik bhai gave me confidence before the game. It feels good to have got this opportunity after many years – looking forward to contribute to the team. Whatever Hardik bhai was telling me, I was trying to execute the same. The wicket is playing really well for batting.”
Fans react to Liam Livingstone scoring another fifty for the Punjab Kings in IPL 2022
Liam Livingstone came out to bat at the number four position for the Punjab Kings after the duo of Mayank Agarwal and Jonny Bairstow returned to the dressing room. Livingstone started well, but there was a moment in the match, where he almost handed a catch to Hardik Pandya, but it was later declared as a six.
Livingstone aggregated 64 runs off 27 deliveries, smashing seven fours and four sixes. He maintained an outstanding strike rate of 237 in the innings. But he lost his wicket at an important part. Some fans praised him, while others were unhappy. Here’s how the fans on Twitter reacted to his innings:
This is d only over they should’ve kept quite
Both Livingstone(understandable)n SRK tried to attach Rashid n whats d result!!?
This will have very big impact on d end total too here,easily 25-30 run differenceAdvertisement
— Karthik Rao (@Cric_Karthikk) April 8, 2022
That's the matter of approch. Srk aur Livingstone chahte to Rashid ka over khel sakte the aur bakiyo ko attack karte. But they continued in attacking approach and failed. That's what I liked about this PBKS, if you fail it's ok but don't give up on that attacking approach.
— The Cricket Fanatic (@Cric_Fanatic) April 8, 2022
Isn’t it a basic knowledge that surviving best bowlers over so that can take chances for other bowlers. Liam and SRK just gifted their wickets when @PunjabKingsIPL was in a commanding stage
— ⓩⓐⓕⓝⓘ (@Mzafni) April 8, 2022Advertisement
If only Livingstone and shahrukh played out Rashid's over.
Kudos to Arshdeep and Rahul Chahar for giving us a good score.
— Nilesh (@agarwal_nilesh) April 8, 2022Advertisement
If livingstone defended rashid khan we would’ve reached 220+ looking at his form
— amesh khatri #pbks🦁🇳🇵 (@notamesss) April 8, 2022Advertisement
Liam Livingstone doing justice to his name! Scintillating knock.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 8, 2022Advertisement
Well played, Liam Livingstone. He scored Brilliant 64 runs from 27 balls including 6 Fours and 4 Sixes against GT. Excellent Innings from Liam Livingstone. pic.twitter.com/AocruLjZSJ
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) April 8, 2022Advertisement
Liam Livingstone will be really thankful to Hardik Pandya. well,it was a great effort from him 🔥 pic.twitter.com/y422EKzveF
— Akshat (@AkshatOM10) April 8, 2022Advertisement
A stunning blitz from Liam Livingstone 💥Advertisement
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) April 8, 2022
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 8, 2022
Enjoyed Liam Livingstone, his fearless batting. The flavour of England’s batting with Buttler and Livingstone is visible in this league.
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) April 8, 2022
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) April 8, 2022