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England Vs Pakistan: Bairstow States IPL Form As The Reason For His Match-Winning 128-Run Knock

Jonny Bairstow grabbed massive headlines in just his debut Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 season. While playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the explosive English wicket-keeper batsman racked up a handsome total of 445 runs in 10 matches at an impressive average of 55.62. He played a key role along with his opening partner, David Warner, in helping the Sunrisers win some important games at the start of IPL 2019.

However, after both Bairstow and Warner left the tournament midway through due to national commitments, the SRH team had a struggling time. But still they managed to qualify for the knockouts and finished the season at the fourth spot. 

Bairstow has taken his sensational form into the ongoing five-match series against Pakistan. He smashed an excellent knock of 51 runs to aid in England's 12-run victory over Pakistan in the second ODI. The swashbuckling opener followed up with a staggering match-winning knock of 128 runs in the third ODI against Pakistan on Tuesday (May 14). After the match, Bairstow credited IPL for his recent success. 

“You’re able to learn different things from different coaches and different players. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas to potentially myself. I guess it’s method more than anything else. But learning from them, as well as the guys here, that can only be a good thing playing under pressure with expectation,” quoted Jonny Bairstow.

I wanted to see through the chase says Jonny Bairstow

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, Pakistan registered a massive total of 358 runs due to Imam-ul-Haq’s staggering 151-run innings. But in the second innings, Bairstow smashed a phenomenal 128-run knock to outweigh Imam’s efforts.

“I was cross because you want to see that through. You want to be going on and getting 160 or 170, and potentially 200 and seeing your team through. That’s where we’re at as a group of players at the moment, having competition to go and get the 150s and 160s and beyond. We are backing ourselves and competition is healthy all the way through. That’s a good place to be and I was cross about it,” Bairstow added.