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Punjab Kings (PBKS) opener Jonny Bairstow thrashed the RCB bowlers and completed his half-century in just 21 balls.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s performance in IPL 2022 has been fluctuating but better than many teams. This is the reason that this team, captained by Faf du Plessis, is fourth in the points table and remains in the race for the playoffs. However, despite this, there have been many flaws in the performance of the team and one of them is the opening partnership. Bangalore’s opening partnership has been completely ineffective this season, but on the contrary, the openers of the opposing teams have looted runs against Bangalore. The same situation continued against Punjab Kings, where Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan scored fiercely and made fifty partnerships.
In the match played on Friday 13 May at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, Punjab batted first and Jonny Bairstow, opening for the team, thrashed the Bangalore bowlers badly. The England batsman started the storm in the second over itself and scored 22 runs against Josh Hazlewood, hitting 2 sixes, 2 fours. He then also beat up Mohammad Siraj. Dhawan also supported him well and got some boundaries.
The effect of the blazing start of Bairstow and Dhawan was that Punjab completed 50 runs in just 4 overs. That is, half-century partnership. This has been the biggest problem of this season for Bangalore. In fact, 7 times in this season against Bangalore, the opposing teams have made half-century partnership. This is the most for any team this season. After Bangalore, Mumbai Indians is at number two in this case, against whom this has happened 5 times. However, Mumbai has been the worst team of this season.
English opener Jonny Bairstow did bad to Bangalore from Punjab. Ever since the right-handed batsman has been brought back into the opening, he has been batting with a bang. The same thing happened against Bangalore and he completed his half-century in just 21 balls. This is the fastest fifty of Bairstow’s T20 career. He was eventually dismissed for a quick 66 off 29 balls, which included 7 blazing sixes and 4 fours.