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‘Got to try and get them off their…..’ – Jonny Bairstow speaks about his duel with Josh Hazlewood

By Daniel S

May 14, 2022

Josh Hazlewood is unarguably one of the best bowlers of this era. Over the last few years, he has worked on his bowling in the shortest format of the game as well. Thus, it is safe to say that he has also been one of the most improved T20 bowlers in the recent past.

Besides, he has been superb in the Indian T20 League 2022 so far, while playing for Bangalore. However, he wasn't at his best during the game against Punjab. He was hit for 64 runs in his full quota of four overs. Moreover, Jonny Bairstow took him to the cleaners.

The Englishman hit Hazlewood for 22 runs in just his first over. As a matter of fact, Bairstow went on to play a match-winning innings. He scored 66 runs from just 29 balls. This enabled him to win the player of the match award as well. Thus, he went on to speak about his duel with the Aussie pacer.

"It's one of those days. A couple of those come off and it's your day. Many quality bowlers in the ITL and sometimes you've got to try and get them off their lengths (taking on Hazlewood)," said Jonny Bairstow during the post-match presentation.

In the meanwhile, he also stated that playing in the cash-rich league is very different from playing for England in the international arena. Further on, Bairstow spoke about how he loves to open the batting. It is to be noted that Punjab ended up beating Bangalore by 54 runs. This win was crucial for them as they have to win every match to qualify for the playoffs.

"It's a completely different commodity, playing with England and playing here. Stats would suggest I quite enjoy opening the batting. The bats are very good, I must admit," he added. As far as the Punjab-based franchise are concerned, then they are scheduled to play Delhi on May 16. After which, they shall face Hyderabad on May 22. Thus, the fans of the franchise would hope that they win both the games, and proceed to the top four.