Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians locked horns in the 46th Match of the TATA IPL 2023. The match took place between the former Indian Cricket Team Opening Duo Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

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Mumbai Indians won the toss and invited the home team to bat first. Punjab Kings’ top batting order collapsed and failed to make a huge impact on the board as Prabhsimran Singh and Shikhar Dhawan walked back to the dugout after scoring 9 and 30 runs respectively.

Matthew Short scored 27 runs off 26 balls after hitting two boundaries and the first six of the innings for Punjab Kings. The team’s middle order shined bright for the franchise as Punjab Kings ended up putting 214 runs on the board.

Jitesh Sharma and Liam Livingstone put a mammoth of runs on the board for Punjab Kings. The two middle-order batsmen took the Mohali stadium by storm as they collectively smashed twelve boundaries and six sixes.

Liam Livingstone on his conversation with Jofra Archer before the match

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Jitesh Sharma missed his well-deserved half-century by a single and scored 49 runs off 27 deliveries with a strike rate of 181.48. Liam Livingstone again stood tall for Punjab Kings and handled the innings well. Livingstone scored 82 runs off 42 deliveries with a strike rate of 195.24. He smashed 7 fours and four sixes and led Punjab Kings to a high score.

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Mumbai Indians’ star bowler Jofra Archer had a bad day at work. The English fast-pace bowler conceded 56 runs in 4 overs and had an economy of 14 after going wicketless. Liam Livingstone revealed the conversation between him and Jofra Archer.

“It felt like a good pitch; playing spin was quite difficult. I tried to ensure that we did not lose wickets in clumps, it’s a good score. It’s a good pitch, so we will have to bowl well. It’s nice to get going. I had lunch with Archer today, and he said he was going to come after me. He (Archer) knows what I don’t like. Playing spin was a bit harder, but I picked up bowlers pretty well today,” said Liam Livingstone in the innings break.

Mumbai Indians chased the target in 18.5 overs. Ishan Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav scored 75 and 66 runs off 41 and 31 deliveries respectively.

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