IPL 2022: Punjab Kings are one of the few teams that are yet to win a title since the inception of the tournament. They made it to the finals on one occasion but lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 season.
Since then, they didn’t qualify for the playoffs. They were expected to make giant strides this season after signing top-quality players. However, things didn’t turn out well for them.
They failed to qualify for the playoffs once again. However, they ensured to end their campaign on a good note by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The Punjab-based franchise secured a comprehensive win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chasing a total of 158, the Mohali-based franchise literally made no fuss in the run-chase as they won the game with 29 balls to spare.
Liam Livingstone was one of the players who played a substantial role in helping Punjab Kings secure a victory as the England international played yet another destructive innings.
Coming to bat at No.5, he started attacking the bowlers from the word go. He smacked 49 off just 22 deliveries with the help of five sixes and two boundaries to his name.
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IPL 2022: Liam Livingstone happy to prove the critics wrong
It is indeed worth mentioning here that Liam Livingstone has been quite sensational throughout this season as many quality bowlers became victims of his destructive hitting.
He aggregated 437 runs in 14 games with an incredible strike-rate in excess of 180. Liam Livingstone was the standout performer for Punjab Kings in this season.
After the game against SRH, Livingstone had highlighted that his performance in the last season drew criticism across quarters. Moreover, he was happy to prove the critics wrong this time around.
“It was nice. I felt like I was hitting the ball well throughout the tournament. The way we played today was perfect – attacking as well as being smart. It’s been a long two and a half months, it would be good to be away.
“I am a big believer in matchups and I knew Umran and Washy were my matchups,” Livingstone said after the match. He further added, “It’s nice to prove a few people wrong. Had a few comments after last year’s IPL. I am still learning and developing.”
Overall, Livingstone has played 23 games in the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The England all-rounder has scored 549 runs at an average of 27.4 and a strike-rate of 166.9. He has slammed four half-centuries to his name.
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