April 3, 2019
| On 4 months ago

MI vs CSK IPL 2019: Malinga unavailable and other team news

By Himanshu Sharma @boringcricket

Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga has been summoned to play in the domestic One-Day tournament, SLC Super Provincial One Day Tournament 2019, by SLC. The tournament is slated to begin from April 4 and the speedster will miss upcoming few games for Mumbai Indians, including MI vs CSK.

Jason Behrendorff has arrived for Mumbai Indians after One Day International series against Pakistan in Dubai. The Australian quick is likely to come in for Malinga.

Statement of SLC on Malinga

“Yes, he (Malinga) will be reaching Sri Lanka tomorrow and will be available for the provincial tournament,” said Sri Lanka’s chief selector Asantha de Mel said while speaking to Sportstar.

The SLC permitted the star bowler to feature in the IPL, stating that the “level of competition would be higher and help him prepare better for the big event.”

“He wanted to play the provincial tournament. Last week, we had agreed to release him for the entire IPL, but now he wants to play in this tournament,” added the chief selector of Sri Lanka.

The SLC Super Provincial tournament is seen as rehearsal and also trials for the World Cup 2019 squad selection. There are four Sri Lankan sides in the tournament, led respectively by Dinesh Chandimal (Colombo), Lasith Malinga (Galle), Dimuth Karunaratne (Kandy) and Angelo Mathews (Dambulla).

Chennai Super Kings can make a change

Chennai Super Kings are going strong at the moment with a hattrick of wins under the belt to start their title defence. Sam Billings or Faf du Plessis can come in to replace Ambati Rayudu, since Chennai would see Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina as bowling options.

Predicted lineups

Mumbai Indians – Q De Kock, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, K Pandya, Ben Cutting, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Markande, J Bumrah, Jason Behrendroff

Chennai Super Kings – MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, A Rayudu, S Raina,  K Jadhav, R Jadeja, D Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, I Tahir, D Chahar, S Thakur

Himanshu Sharma @boringcricket

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