On the opening night of IPL 2022, 38-year-old Dwayne Bravo showed that he still has it, equalling Lasith Malinga for the most wickets in the history of the league. The second night marked the emergence of 25-year-old Odean Smith, who has all the traits to become a T20 superstar just like his West Indies compatriots.
Mohammad Siraj had taken out Bhanuka Rajapaksa (43) and Raj Bawa (0) off successive balls in the 14th over to reduce Punjab Kings to 139 for 4 in a steep chase of 206 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. An over later, Liam Livingstone holed out to Anuj Rawat at sweeper cover off Akash Deep to leave Kings needing 50 off 31 balls, with five wickets in hand.
Kings of old might have cracked under pressure. However, a new-look side, powered by Smith, mowed down the target with an entire over to spare. When he had arrived at No. 7, M Shahrukh Khan, the other finisher was struggling to time the ball. So, the onus was on Smith to tee off immediately.