CSK restrict Punjab to 180 for 8

Mumbai, April 3 : Finally showing his class, Liam Livingstone smashed his maiden IPL fifty to power Punjab Kings to 180 for 8 in Match 11 of Tata IPL against Chennai Super Kings at Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday. Dropped early on by Ambati Rayudu, the Englishman made great use of the opport ty and swatted 5 sixes and 5 boundaries. Livingstone, who was bought for a whopping Rs 11.5 crore at the IPL auction, ensured that he gave back the monies worth to the franchise owners, who also watched him wallop the longest six recorded in this edition by hitting a massive 108 meters six. Put in to bat, Punjab came out all guns blazing with skipper Mayank Agarwal (4) clobbering a boundary off the very first ball, though he perished in the next ball. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (9) was run out, leaving Punjab struggling at 14 for 2. Despite losing two quick wickets, Livingstone raised the bar with some boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking, helping Punjab to cross the 100 run mark in the 10th over. He was involved in the 95-run third wicket stand with opener Shikhar Dhawan (33 off 24). The Englishman left the scene after scoring a scorching 60 off 32 deliveries. Jitesh Sharma (26 off 17), on debut, also displayed his power-hitting skills. To their credit, Chennai fought back in death overs and conceded just 38 runs off the last six overs. Leading this effort were Dwaine Pretorius and Chris Jorda who bagged two wickets each, while Mukesh Choudhary, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo bagged a wicket each. Chennai have lost to Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants in their first two games of this season., and they will be looking at timeless Mahendra Singh Dhoni to put on a show reminding them of his hey days. BDN RKM

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