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Pathirana returns home to recover from injury in major blow to CSK’s playoff bid

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May 5 (INDTV) -  Matheesha Pathirana has been the top performer for the defending champions with 13 wickets in just six innings at an impressive economy rate of 7.68 but is struggling with a hamstring injury and missed Chennai's last two fixtures against Punjab Kings.

In another major blow to their bowling, Chennai Super Kings confirmed Matheesha Pathirana returning to Sri Lanka to recover from his hamstring injury on Sunday. The rising Sri Lankan speedster missed Chennai's ongoing IPL 2024 clash against Punjab Kings and is doubtful for the remainder of the season.

"Chennai Super Kings pacer Matheesha Pathirana is nursing a hamstring injury and will be returning to Sri Lanka for further recovery," CSK's statement said. "The right-arm pacer played six matches in IPL 2024 picking up 13 wickets at an economy of 7.68. Chennai Super Kings wishes Pathirana a quick recovery."

The young right-arm pacer missed Chennai's last game against Punjab Kings at MA Chidambaram on May 1 but joined his teammates in Dharamsala for the reverse fixture on Sunday. However, he was not part of the starting eleven and later franchise confirmed that the player is nursing a hamstring injury and is returning to Sri Lanka for recovery.

With just three league stage games remaining, Pathirana's absence comes as a big blow to Ruturaj Gaikwad's side. Chennai are currently placed fifth in the points table with five wins in five matches and are in contention to make playoffs this season.

Chennai have lost premier pacer Deepak Chahar to side strain in the last game and the bowler is reportedly ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2024. The team's leading wicket-taker Mustafizure Rahman has also left the franchise due to Bangladesh's ongoing T20I series against Zimbabwe.

  Comments - 4

  • Can rest a lot Sunday, 05 May 2024 07:00 PM

    Putha, can now escape world cup. It s not a big loss to SL though. Hope Thushara diesnt get injured

    Navi Sunday, 05 May 2024 08:43 PM

    Wish a speedy recovery and a good rest to face the WC later.

    Jude Monday, 06 May 2024 02:09 AM

    Hello, what about SL T20 world Cup bid!! Who cares about CSK and the IPL Rodeo,!!! SL team needs Pathirana!!

    Mohamed Adham Monday, 06 May 2024 07:30 AM

    Yes, he did look injured during the last CSK match he played. But the general talk was that all the Lankan players participating in the IPL were returning back home for their US Visas. Anyways, hope that he will get fit soon for his country.

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