IPL 2022: Jonny Bairstow slams 21-ball half-century, Punjab Kings record fastest PowerPlay score
- Jonny Bairstow took 21 balls to complete his half-century
- PBKS scored 83 for 1 in the PowerPlay which is the highest score in the first six overs this season
- The second best of the season is held by Delhi Capitals who scored 80 against RCB
Asked to bat by Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis, PBKS got off to a fantastic start accumulating 83 runs for the loss of one wicket in six overs. With this total, PBKS surpassed Delhi Capitals’ 81 for nought, who achieved the feat against the Mohali side. Bairstow scored 59 off 22 balls in the PowerPlay while his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan fell for 21 off 15 in the fifth over. Bairstow eventually fell for 66 off 29 balls to Shahbaz Ahmed.
On Friday, during his whirlwind knock, Bairstow hit seven sixes and four boundaries.
He started his knock with a six in the first over bowled by Glenn Maxwell. Then he smacked Josh Hazlewood around the park to collect 22 runs. 13 runs came off the next over, bowled by Mohammed Siraj. Hazlewood then came back strong to give away just 7 off the fourth over.
In the fifth over, Dhawan started with a six off the first ball by Maxwell but he was bowled by the Australian spinner in the final delivery as PBKS scored just 10 off it.
But Dhawan’s fall did not dampen Bairstow's mood as he smashed 23 off Siraj’s second over of the match.
Bairstow brought up his half-century off 21 deliveries and then hit the final ball of the Powerplay for a six to ensure a brilliant start for Punjab Kings in what is a must-win match for them this season.