Navdeep Saini on fire: Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals are locking horns with each other in the highly anticipated IPL 2023 match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bowl first. With both sides having equal points, the result of this game would be crucial to keep their hopes alive for playoffs qualification.
The decision to bowl first seemed to work in the favor of Rajasthan as they quickly dismantled Punjab’s batting lineup. Punjab Kings tried the aggressive approach in the powerplay, however, they kept losing their wickets in an attempt to attack the opposition bowling unit.
Navdeep Saini Makes A Fool Out Of Liam Livingstone
Navdeep Saini gave a crucial breakthrough by clean-bowling Liam Livingstone, dealing a significant blow to Punjab Kings’ hopes. Liam Livingstone lost his wicket while swinging at a delivery widely. Livingstone’s reaction after his dismissal stole all the attention as it was not the usual one.
The wicket came in the 7th over, when Saini bowled a full-length delivery to the English batter. The ball seamed back in sharply while Livingstone tried to smash it over midwicket. The PBKS batter completely missed the ball and was cleaned and bowled.
Saini was left stunned after the wicket and instead of getting angry after seeing his stumps being shattered, Livingstone could only offer a smile to the bowler.
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PBKS vs RR: Playing XI And Impact Players’ List
Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh
Punjab Kings’ subs: Nathan Ellis, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Matthew Short, Mohit Rathee
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Adam Zampa, Trent Boult, Navdeep Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rajasthan Royals’ subs: Dhruv Jurel, Donovan Ferreira, Akash Vashisht, Kuldeep Sen, Murugan Ashwin