England’s Liam Livingstone scored 60 runs and then took two wickets to lead Punjab Kings to a 54-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
The most expensive overseas player in the 2022 IPL auction at £1.1m, he hit 60 off 32 balls as Punjab made 180-8.
His spin then claimed two wickets for 25 runs as Chennai were 126 all out.
The batting all-rounder put on 95 runs with Shikhar Dhawan who scored 33 for Punjab’s third wicket at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.
Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa could only score 9 runs for Punjab last evening.
Livingstone was named player of the match after claiming the key Chennai scalp of Shivam Dube for 57 as Punjab made it two wins from three so far this season.
It also means that holders Chennai, four-time IPL winners, have opened this year’s competition with three straight defeats.