IPL: Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone shine for Punjab Kings towards Bangalore

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow hit seven sixes and four fours
Indian Premier League, Mumbai (Brabourne)
Punjab Kings 209-9 (20 overs): Livingstone 70, Bairstow 66
Royal Challengers Bangalore 155-9 (20 overs): Rabada 3-21
Punjab Kings won by 54 runs
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England pair Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone struck rapid half-centuries to propel Punjab Kings to a 54-run success over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

Bairstow’s 66 came from only 29 balls, while Livingstone hit 70 from 42 in Punjab’s 209-9.

Bangalore could only manage 155-9 in reply, with Virat Kohli out for 20.

The win keeps Punjab’s hopes of securing a place in the four-team play-offs alive.

They move to sixth place, on 12 points, and only two behind fourth-placed Bangalore, who have have only one game remaining. Punjab, however, have two to play.

Bairstow is set to be named in new coach Brendon McCullum’s first Test squad for the series opener against New Zealand when it is announced next week.

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