Abu Dhabi: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming has confirmed that the team’s star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will miss a few more matches of the 13th season of IPL 2020. Despite the absence of this veteran West Indies veteran, 3-time champion CSK started their campaign with a 5-wicket win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday.
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“Dwayne will be out for a few more matches,” Fleming said at the press conference after the match. Bravo suffered an injury during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League and missed the final due to a knee injury. England all-rounder Sam Curren, who replaced Bravo, helped CSK reach the target by scoring a six-ball 18, while Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessi hit half-centuries.
Curren also impressed in the bowling, taking one wicket for 28 runs in four overs. Fleming said, “Curren’s performance was superb.” The team’s head coach also praised Rayudu, who scored 71 off 48 balls. He scored a century partnership with Duplessis, who scored an unbeaten 58, which helped Chennai reach the target of 163 runs with four balls to spare. Fleming said, ‘Rayudu performed well. He is very emotional and played a great innings.
The former New Zealand captain said it was difficult to score on the pitch and his team was trying to find the right balance. In the press conference after the match, Mumbai Indians fast bowler James Pattinson said that he also wanted to bowl first. The Australian fast bowler said, “We also wanted to bowl first, the dew on the ground because the temperature is slightly higher at night. Therefore bowling first is a beneficial situation. Both teams wanted to bowl first.
He said, ‘There was some moisture around the grass. The ball was coming out of the pitch a little faster. Overall it was a good wicket. On the batting order of Kieron Pollard, Pattinson said that he expects this West Indies batsman to play higher up the batting order in the future. Pollard went on to bat at number six against CSK. On the absence of spectators in the stadium during the IPL, this fast bowler said, ‘You have to give yourself a boost. Of course when fans do not cheer, it is difficult, especially Mumbai fans who are fantastic.