Chennai Super Kings are unlikely to have the services of their star allrounder Dwayne Bravo for their next game too. Following the first game of the IPL 2020, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming gave an update on the status of the West Indian star who is currently injured.
CSK have made an impressive start to their campaign as they thrashed defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets. After conceding 45 runs in the first four overs, CSK did well to restrict MI to 162 for 9. Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers, picking three wickets apiece.
In reply, CSK recovered from 6 for 2 to chase down the total with four balls remaining thanks to impressive knocks from Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis. Rayudu scored 71 while du Plessis remained unbeaten on 58 as the duo shared a match-winning stand of 115 runs.
Update on Dwayne Bravo:
Following the game, Fleming said that Dwayne Bravo is unlikely to be present for CSK’s next game which is against Rajasthan Royals on September 22. Dwayne Bravo didn’t bowl in the CPL final on September 10 either because of his knee injury.
Sam Curran, chosen in place of him, turned out to be an inspired selection as he backed up his bowling effort of 4-0-28-1 with a six-ball 18 towards the end of the run chase.
“Dwayne was injured so he is probably out for the first two games,” Fleming said. “But Sam’s performance was a big positive. His attitude is quite infectious. His performance today was quite outstanding. Straight off the plane yesterday.
“If Dwayne was fit, it would have been a toss-up if he [Curran] had played at all. So he has taken this opportunity and put some pressure on,” he added.
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