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MI vs PBKS live: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow gamble fails, England keeper struggles for runs after replacing in-form Rajapaksa- check out

MI vs PBKS live: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow gamble fails, England keeper struggles for runs after replacing in-form Rajapaksa- check out

MI vs PBKS live: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow gamble fails Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings’ decision to play Jonny Bairstow ahead of in-form Bhanuka Rajapaksa turned out to be a failure once again. The English wicket-batter registered a below-par score for the third consecutive time as SL power batter Rajapaksa continued to sit on the bench. Follow […]

MI vs PBKS live: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow gamble fails Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings’ decision to play Jonny Bairstow ahead of in-form Bhanuka Rajapaksa turned out to be a failure once again. The English wicket-batter registered a below-par score for the third consecutive time as SL power batter Rajapaksa continued to sit on the bench. Follow all the IPL 2022 live updates on InsideSport.IN

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MI vs PBKS live: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow gamble fails, England keeper struggles for runs after replacing in-form Rajapaksa

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Jonny Bairstow in last 2 matches:

vs GT – 8 (8)

vs MI- 12 (13)

  • Jonny Bairstow is a natural opening batter in T20 cricket. He found it hard to get going in his last two games after replacing Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
  • With Shikhar Dhawan & captain Mayank Agarwal at the top, it is almost impossible for him to start the innings.
  • He has been excellent for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last 3 seasons forcing PBKS to include him in the Playing XI.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa in last 2 matches:

PBKS had played Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the first three contests and he played in a swashbuckling fashion. He played a strike rate of around 200 in all 3 matches.

  • vs RCB- 43(22)
  • vs KKR- 31(9)
  • vs CSK- 9(5) [runout]

“If I feel like it’s going to be a big over, I’d rather get 30 off five or six balls than a 30 off 25 or 30 balls,” Rajapaksa told ESPNCricinfo regarding his style of batting.

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MI vs PBKS live: Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow gamble fails, England keeper struggles for runs after replacing in-form Rajapaksa

  • PBKS are likely to include Bhanuka Rajapaksa in their upcoming fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on April 13, their next game.
  • Bairstow is known for his attacking brand of cricket but it seems that he is not able to play his natural game at No.3 in the last couple of appearances,
  • Rajapaksa, meanwhile, has been an excellent option for PBKS at No.3 but needs to score big to keep his place in Playing XI.

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