IPL 2024: ‘Pathirana out of MI vs CSK, but nearing match fitness,’ says Fleming

Pathirana has been out of XI since CSK’s match against Delhi Capitals in Visakhapatnam.

Published : Apr 13, 2024 19:56 IST , MUMBAI - 1 MIN READ

Chennai Super Kings’ Matheesha Pathirana during the practice session.
Chennai Super Kings’ Matheesha Pathirana during the practice session. | Photo Credit: RAGU R/ The Hindu
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Chennai Super Kings’ Matheesha Pathirana during the practice session. | Photo Credit: RAGU R/ The Hindu

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming hinted that their strike bowler Matheesha Pathirana is nearing match fitness but has ruled him out of the next match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

“It wasn’t as bad as what we had thought, so we are very hopeful that if not tomorrow, then very close,” Fleming said. “We know the importance of him in games like this, but we will make sure he is 100% in this form,” Fleming told reporters on the eve of the match.

Pathirana has struggled to remain fit in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season, remaining out of action in the first game, recuperating from a hamstring injury, sustained during the second T20I against Bangladesh.

Joining CSK as a replacement to injured Adam Milne in 2022, the Sri Lankan quick has taken 25 wickets in 16 matches for CSK, including four wickets in two games this season.

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