England all-rounder Liam Livingstone underlined his value as a T20 cricketer as he took a wicket, snapped up a catch and then smashed three sixes in a quickfire 30 to help Punjab Kings ease to an eight-wicket win over Gujarat Titians in the IPL on Tuesday.
Punjab dominated the contest against table-toppers Gujarat at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, with fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (4-33) leading the way. Had it not been for Sai Sudharsan's unbeaten 65, Gujarat would have struggled to reach three figures.
They did manage to post 143-8, but it proved to be nowhere near a competitive score. Punjab's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan continued his excellent form this season, scoring an unbeaten 62 from 53 balls to set up victory with four overs to spare.
Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 40 off just 28 balls before Livingstone completed the match in double quick time with a 10-ball 30 that included three sixes and two fours.
All three of his sixes came in the last over of the match, bowled by Mohammed Shami. The first one was the biggest of the lot, smashed 117m over square leg in one of the biggest sixes in the competition's history.
It capped a great day in the field for Livingstone, who also took the wicket of the dangerous David Miller.
"I didn't think I was going to bat at one point so it was nice to go in and hit a few out of the middle," Livingstone said after the match.
"I thought Shikhar played beautifully to set it up, him and Bhanu in that partnership set it up really nicely for us to come in and finish it off. It is a big win. We needed it after some bad cricket over the last couple of games so it's nice to turn it around."