Liam Livingston scored the first half-century of this season.Image Credit source: BCCI
Mohali: five time champion Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma is seen holding his forehead in the middle of the match, it rarely happens. But when a batsman hits a deadly bowler from Joffra Archer for 3 consecutive sixes, any captain will hold his head in frustration. The same happened with Rohit. Not only Rohit, but the same was the case with the fans of Mumbai present at the PCA stadium in Mohali. His fate was met by Punjab Kings explosive batsman Liam Livingston.
A few days back, the Mumbai bowlers were thrashed by the Punjab Kings batsmen at their home ground Wankhede Stadium. Rohit Sharma must have hoped that the performance of the bowlers would be better at the PCA stadium. The beginning was like this, but once Livingston’s eyes were frozen, he thrashed the Mumbai bowlers in his explosive style.
Hattrick of sixes on Archer
In the last match, against Chennai Super Kings, scoring 40 runs in just 24 balls, indicating his return to his old colors, Livingston scored his first half-century of this season in just 32 balls. After crossing the figure of fifty, Livingston became even more destructive. He targeted every bowler and did the worst to his own England teammate Joffra Archer.
Mumbai Indians had the highest hopes from this bowler but Livingston blew them away. Livingston hit three consecutive sixes on the first three balls of Archer who came for bowling in the 19th over.
FIFTY & going strong 🔥🔥
This has been an entertaining innings from the @PunjabKingsIPL batter 👌🏻👌🏻
Can he finish on a high note?
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2023
Livingston could not play in the first 5 matches of this season. He became a part of the team late due to injury. After this, when he returned, he did not shine even in the next 3 matches. Then he returned to form by playing a match-changing innings against Chennai, which Mumbai fell victim to.
Punjab’s tremendous score
Livingston finally returned unbeaten after scoring 82 runs in just 42 balls. He hit 7 fours and 4 sixes during his innings. Not only this, Livingston shared a tremendous partnership of 119 runs in 53 balls with Jitesh Sharma. Jitesh also batted furiously and scored 49 runs in just 27 balls. On the strength of these two innings, Punjab scored 214 runs losing 3 wickets.