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‘Nobody in the world like Jonny Bairstow when he hits top level’ – PBKS opener’s 19-ball 50 stuns Twitter

A Jonny Bairstow blitzkrieg was on display at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday. He scored his second consecutive half-century for the Punjab Kings’ in their fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore, smashing 66 off just 29 balls at an unbelievable strike-rate of 227. He brought up his half-century off just 19 balls, and struck four fours and seven sixes during his blistering innings.

Bairstow wasted no time to get going, hitting a six off Glenn Maxwell’s opening over to get the ball rolling for PBKS. He then proceeded to lay waste to Josh Hazelwood, Maxwell’s new ball partner, bludgeoning two sixes and two fours off an over that bled for 22 runs. Mohammed iraj was meted out the same treatment – his two overs went for 13 and 23 runs respectively. The latter involved him being bludgeoned for three sixes and a four.

The openening stand between Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan added 60 off 30 balls, with Bairstow responsible for 37 of those runs in just over two overs faced. Dhawan was dismissed after making a brisk 21, but that didn’t stop the Bairstow train.

PBKS raced to 83 in the powerplay, with Bairstow having scored 59 off 22. This is the highest powerplay score by an team this season, beating the Delhi Capitals’ 81 which incidentally came against PBKS themselves. Wanindu Hasaranga put a slight break on the run-rate with the wicket of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, but that brought the in-form Liam Livingstone to the crease.





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