Liam Livingstone did an all-around performance against CSK scoring 60 runs and bagging two wickets while also picking up two catches. He was literally the driving force of Punjab Kings against Chennai Super Kings. PBKS bowlers were all over CSK batters in their chase of 180.
A weak start for CSK in the chase
Chennai Super Kings got into a lot of trouble in the starting when they lost 4 wickets for just 27. Vaibhav Arora swung the ball in both directions picking up four wickets that fell inside the powerplay. He dismissed Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali.
The damage was initiated by the pacer Kagiso Rabada, getting Ruturaj Gaikwad to edge to slip in the second over. Arshdeep Singh picked up the wicket of the skipper Jadeja in the final over of the powerplay.
PBKS asserts dominance with Liam Livingstone despite Dube’s fifty
CSK had only managed 53 at the halfway phase of the chase despite Dube’s half-century scoring a six and a four off Odean Smith in the 10th over. Even with Dube striking the ball, MS Dhoni was still pondering around the ball. Dube’s innings came to an end in the 15th over, with Liam Livingstone leaving CSK in further distress. While Dube handed a catch to the short third man in attempting a big hit, Dwayne Bravo got caught to Liam Livingstone to leave CSK at 98/7.
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How did CSK end the pyro show of PBKS and Liam Livingstone?
Shahrukh Khan and Smith, both known for their power-hitting, were instrumental in the Kings’ victory. CSK, on the other hand, brought in Jordan, a death-overs bowler. CSK teamed Pretorius with Jordan for the death overs after Bravo went for runs earlier. It was a one-sided affair between PBKS’ powerful middle order and CSK’s adept death-overs bowlers. Liam Livingstone capitalized on Chaudhary’s lack of experience, striking a six and a four in the third over while the fifth over yielded them 26 runs.
While attempting to go over the leg-side fence, Shahrukh struggled to get moving and eventually fell to Jordan. Smith, who was frequently losing his shape while attempting to play big shots, was held close by CSK. He only managed 3 of 7 before holing out to long-off for Jordan’s second wicket. Chahar finished with a four and a half. Bravo was back to bowl the final over and did his part by giving away only 4 runs. However, it did not matter much in the end.
Brief scores: Punjab Kings 180/8 in 20 overs (Liam Livingstone 60, Shikhar Dhawan 33; Chris Jordan 2-23) beat Chennai Super Kings 126 in 18 overs (Shivam Dube 57; Rahul Chahar 3-25, Vaibhav Arora 2-21) by 54 runs.