IPL2024: CSK's Matheesha Pathirana makes a comeback against MI in the El Clasico

CSK received a significant boost with the return of Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana for their IPL 2024 match against MI at the iconic Wankhede Stadium. Pathirana, who replaces his compatriot Mahesh Theekshana, had been sidelined earlier due to a niggle but was declared fit for this crucial encounter. CSK fans eagerly awaited his comeback, anticipating his pace to challenge MI's formidable batting lineup. Pathirana had recovered from a hamstring injury sustained during a series against Bangladesh, joining the squad in Chennai and now making his appearance on the field.

"At the toss, Ruturaj Gaikwad emphasized the need for a strong performance in all departments. The IPL, known for its unpredictability, promises an intense contest for both teams," Gaikwad said.

On the other hand, MI's captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to bowl first, considering the dew factor. MI retained their unchanged playing XI, demonstrating confidence in their current lineup's synergy and form. "Winning is crucial to gain momentum in the IPL. Every player's contribution is vital for the team's success," Pandya commented after winning the toss.

MI's Playing XI featured Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Tim David, Mohammad Nabi, Romario Shepherd, Shreyas Gopal, Gerald Coetzee, Jasprit Bumrah, and Akash Madhwal. CSK's Playing XI included Rachin Ravindra, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Daryl Mitchell, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Sameer Rizvi, MS Dhoni (w), Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, and Mustafizur Rahman.

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