MI vs PBKS: Why is Nathan Ellis Not Playing Today’s Match IPL? Check Punjab Kings XI
Updated on: Apr 22, 2023 8:06 pm IST
The important news development coming from the Punjab Kings (PBKS) camp is that their premier pace bowler Nathan Ellis is not playing their sixth game of Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Mumbai Indians (MI) being hosted at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Punjab Kings have witnessed quite mixed fortunes so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2023 season as they have suffered three disappointing defeats and also won three matches. PBKS will be hoping to find some consistency in this middle phase of this competition.
MI vs PBKS: Why is Nathan Ellis Not Playing Today’s Match IPL?
During the toss, it was mentioned that overseas fast bowler Nathan Ellis is not included in the PBKS playing 11 for this MI vs PBKS IPL 2023 match on Saturday. Interestingly, the Punjab Kings have kept him in the five substitutes list out of which one can be used as an Impact Player at any moment in the encounter. Ellis played the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore where he returned with expensive figures of 1 for 41. However, the Aussie pacer bowled a sensational spell to help Punjab Kings register an incredible victory over Rajasthan Royals earlier in this IPL 2023 as he took as many as four wickets and gave away 30 runs in his quota of four overs. Therefore, Nathan Ellis is likely to be the Impact Player for PBKS in the second innings as Punjab Kings are playing with just three overseas players, Sam Curran, Matthew Short and Liam Livingstone in their starting 11.
“Back to back games and not much time to think about it. No Shikhar, that’s why I am here but he’s recovering and should be back soon. Great opportunity for the others to put their hand and we are going with the same team. Lot of close games for us. We would have bowled as well, that is the trend but hopefully we do well. Have a good powerplay and then take it from there,” said Punjab Kings stand-in captain Sam Curran during the toss.
PBKS Playing XI
1. Atharva Taide
2. Prabhsimran Singh
3. Matthew Short
4. Harpreet Singh Bhatia
5. Liam Livingstone
6. Jitesh Sharma (wk)
7. Shahrukh Khan
8. Sam Curran
9. Rahul Chahar
10. Harpreet Brar
11. Arshdeep Singh
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Nathan Ellis IPL 2023 Salary
Punjab Kings have bought Nathan Ellis, the Australian pacer, for INR 75 Lakh during the IPL 2022 mega auction. Despite only featuring in a couple of matches, Punjab Kings decided to retain him for IPL 2023. Ellis, who has made a name for himself with his performances in the Big Bash League
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