Punjab Kings’ stars have grabbed headlines with their scintillating performances in different parts of the world during this week. Here we take a look at some of the top performances from our PBKS players in our weekly round-up:
Sikandar Raza - 4/55 & 102* vs Netherlands
Sikandar Raza produced a record-breaking all-round performance to power Zimbabwe to a comprehensive six-wicket win over the Netherlands in a Cricket World Cup Group A qualifier in Harare on Tuesday. Raza bagged four crucial wickets before the Netherlands posted a competitive total of 315/6 in their allotted 50 overs. Later, the PBKS all-rounder recorded the fastest ODI hundred by a Zimbabwean to pull off a massive chase at the Harare Sports Club. The 37-year-old smashed his ton off just 54 balls, and later remained unbeaten on 102 to help Zimbabwe chase down the target in just 40.5 overs.
Jonny Bairstow - 78 vs Australia
PBKS wicketkeeper-batter Jonny Bairstow made an impressive return to the England side with a brilliant half-century against Australia in the first Ashes Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Batting at number seven, Bairstow played an outstanding knock as he scored run-a-ball 78 in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test. The swashbuckling batter stitched a 121-run stand with Joe Root for the sixth wicket to help England post 393/8d in their first innings. Bairstow also contributed 20 runs in the second innings. However, England went down to Australia by two wickets in a thrilling finish on the fifth day as the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Sam Curran - 59 & 1/30 vs Glamorgan
Star all-rounder Sam Curran has continued his sensational run in the ongoing T20 Blast. Playing for Surrey, Curran smashed a dazzling fifty off just 18 balls against Glamorgan on Tuesday.
With the blitzkrieg half-century, the 25-year-old equalled Surrey’s record for the fastest T20 fifty. Curran’s 22-ball 59 and Will Jacks’ 69 off 40 powered Surrey to a mammoth score of 238/5 in their 20 overs. Later, Curran registered bowling figures of 4-0-30-1 as Surrey restricted Glamorgan to 157/8 to register an 81-run victory. Earlier, Curran bagged a five-wicket haul against Somerset on June 16.
Shivam Singh - 46 vs Ba11sy Trichy
PBKS’ talented batter Shivam Singh stole the limelight with an eye-catching knock in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) 2023. Representing Dindigul Dragons, Shivam scored 46 runs off 30 balls to help his side secure a commanding six-wicket win over Ba11sy Trichy at SNR College Ground on June 14. Shivam’s match-winning knock was laced with six fours and three sixes.
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