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Mohammed Shami is smoked by Liam Livingstone for a 117-metre six

On May 3, England and Punjab Kings (PBKS) hitter Liam Livingstone hit a 117-meter six against the Gujarat Titans in the group stage (Tuesday). To be sure, it was Indian pacer Mohammed Shami who was on the receiving end of Livingstone’s striking prowess.

The English batter, who came in to bat after PBKS lost their second wicket, went berserk against the GT spinners, slamming Shami for three maximums and two fours in the 16th over, as well as smashing a massive six measurings 117 meters, the longest in IPL 2022 so far. Meanwhile, PBKS defeated GT for the second time in the competition, winning the match comfortably.

The ball was an angling-in length delivery, and the English batter cleared his front leg and swung his bat with all the strength he could muster before sending the ball flying over a deep square leg. In that over, the right-handed batter hit a hat trick of sixes and scored 28 runs.

In terms of the game, GT captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and chose to bat first. The Titans, on the other hand, were unable to get off to a good start. Skipper Pandya was also scalped early on. Sai Sudharsan (65* off 50 balls) batted for the entire innings. Aside from Sudharsan, none of the Titans’ star batters got going. South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was the standout performer for PBKS, taking four wickets.

In response, PBKS lost an early wicket in the form of English batter Jonny Bairstow, who was caught after scoring only one run. However, experienced batsmen Shikhar Dhawan (62*), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (40), and Livingstone (30) ensured that the Kings had no trouble chasing.

As a result, PBKS easily reached the aim and earned two crucial points. Pacer Kagiso Rabada was named Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance. Despite losing their second match, the Titans remain atop the IPL 2022 points table.