Liam Livingstone’s all-round show powered Punjab Kings to beat Chennai Super Kings by 54 runs in the 11th match of the IPL 2022.
Punjab, after posting 180/8 in their 20 overs, rattled the defending champions with early wickets as debutant Vaibhav Arora claimed two while Kagiso Rabada, Odean Smith, and Arshdeep Singh got a wicket apiece as CSK were reduced to 36/5 in the 8th over.
Shivam Dube struck a 30-ball 57 and former skipper MS Dhoni scored 23 but their efforts were too little and too late as Punjab Kings romped to their second win in the event.
While the first five wickets were taken by PBKS’ pacers, the last five were shared among two spinners – Livingstone (2/25) and Rahul Chahar (3/25).
Earlier, Punjab Kings scored 180/8 in their 20 overs thanks to a blistering half-century by Liam Livingstone.
Livingstone lived a charmed life and capitalised on two dropped chances as he blasted 60 off 32 deliveries after Punjab had lost skipper Mayank Agarwal and Bhanuka Rajapaksa cheaply with only 14 runs on the board on being asked to bat first.
The 28-year-old England batter added 95 runs for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (33) putting Punjab Kings on course for a big total but Chennai Super Kings reeled them with their death bowling (Dwaine Pretorious 2/30 & Chris Jordan 2/23) and restricted them to 180/8, from 109/3 in the 10th over.