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Matheesha Pathirana boost for CSK; pacer replaces Sri Lankan teammate Maheesh Theekshana

Matheesha Pathirana boost for CSK; pacer replaces Sri Lankan teammate Maheesh Theekshana

The slingy right-arm pacer was uncertain to play the CSK vs MI game after missing the last two matches.

The Chennai Super Kings have received a boost for the CSK vs MI clash. Their star pacer, Matheesha Pathirana, has returned to the squad after missing three of the side’s five matches in the IPL 2024 so far. He is replacing his Sri Lankan teammate and ace mystery spinner, Maheesh Theekshana, who’s out with a niggle.

CSK Playing XI vs MI

Chennai Super Kings: Rachin Ravindra, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Sameer Rizvi, MS Dhoni (wk), Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Mustafizur Rahman.

Impact Substitute: Matheesha Pathirana, Nishant Sindhu, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Shaik Rasheed

IPL 2024

CSK coach wasn’t certain about Matheesha Pathirana

A day before the match, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said that he was happy with the progress Pathirana has made but wasn’t one hundred percent sure about his availability for the MI vs CSK match. He said:

“It was not as bad as what we had thought, so we are very hopeful that if not tomorrow, then very close. We know the importance of him in games like this, but we will make sure he is 100 percent in this form.”

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