GT vs CSK: Why is Matheesha Pathirana Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match? Check CSK Playing 11

Updated on: May 23, 2023 8:08 pm IST

Why is Matheesha Pathirana not playing GT vs CSK IPL 2023 match?

In a crucial news development, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have not included premier pace bowler Matheesha Pathirana in their starting XI for the Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Gujarat Titans (GT) being played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Things worked out really well for the Chennai Super Kings during their most recent encounter of IPL 2023 where they defeated Delhi Capitals by a convincing margin of 77 runs.

GT vs CSK: Why is Matheesha Pathirana Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match?

During the toss, it was revealed that Matheesha Pathirana is not included in the starting CSK playing 11 for today’s GT vs CSK match. However, he is absolutely fit and part of the five substitute members out of which one can come in as an Impact Player at any moment in the match. The Sri Lankan fast bowler has consistently taken wickets for the Chennai Super Kings in this Indian Premier League 2023 season especially at the death. Pathirana has picked up as many as 15 wickets from 10 matches at a fine economy rate of less than 8. Thus, he will surely be drafted as the Impact Player for CSK in the second innings.

“We wanted to bowl first, reason being they’re an excellent chasing side. We’ve exploited the conditions slightly better, in a tournament like this, the boys have adapted really well. It’s important to back your straengths, the confidence level should be high. They’ve been able to do that and that’s why we have done well. There was a lot of dew in the last game, but with breeze around, we can’t say about it tonight, but it does look dry. We’re playing the same team,” said Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni during the toss.

CSK Playing 11

1. Devon Conway
2. Ruturaj Gaikwad
3. Ajinkya Rahane
4. Moeen Ali
5. Shivam Dube
6. Ambati Rayudu
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. MS Dhoni (C & wk)
9. Deepak Chahar
10. Maheesh Theekshana

11. Tushar Deshpande

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Matheesha Pathirana IPL 2023 Price

Chennai Super Kings have chosen to retain Sri Lanka’s promising fast bowler, Matheesha Pathirana, for the IPL 2023 season. Pathirana’s retention comes at his base price of INR 20 Lakh. Although he only featured in a couple of matches during IPL 2022, the talented bowler managed to impress by taking two wickets.

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