Jonny Bairstow since moving up the order for Punjab Kings has been in amazing touch. As an opener, Bairstow hit his 2nd fifty for PBKS.
He was at his best in the powerplay as he took on Josh Hazelwood and Mohammed Siraj heads on. PBKS scored 83 runs in the powerplay and got off to a fantastic start.
Bairstow himself scored his fifty in just 21 deliveries. He ended with 66 off 29 balls.
His innings included 7 sixes and 4 fours.
It’s A Completely Different Commodity, Playing With England And Playing Here: Jonny Bairstow
Bairstow’s brilliant start gave exactly the momentum PBKS needed to post a big total on the board as his fellow countrymen Liam Livingstone scored his 4th fifty of the season and helped his side score 209 runs on the board.
Jonny Bairstow arrived late for this edition of the tournament and he started in the middle order for Punjab. In the middle order, he struggled to find his groove as he couldn’t score many runs.
Then the Punjab management moved Bairstow at the top of the order and Mayank Agarwal, the captain himself moved down the order. Agarwal wasn’t in the best of forms himself. The move may not have been beneficial for Agarwal personally but it’s surely paying off for the team as Bairstow is at his devastating best at the top of the order. Bairstow had shown that in his very first season for Sunrisers Hyderabad when he formed a formidable partnership with David Warner at the top of the order.
Bairstow on his innings said, “It’s one of those days. A couple of those come off and it’s your day. Many quality bowlers in the IPL and sometimes you’ve got to try and get them off their lengths (taking on Josh). It’s a completely different commodity, playing with England and playing here. Stats would suggest I quite enjoy opening the batting. The bats are very good, I must admit.”
Bairstow would hope to continue this form as PBKS look to win their remaining games.