CSK vs MI, one of the most-awaited matches of the ongoing 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League, is finally taking place at the Wankhede Stadium. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will be looking to register their first win of the ongoing season as they take on arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
The 5-time IPL champs are struggling to open their account in the ongoing tournament. They suffered a massive 8-wicket defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game. While Mumbai Indians will make another attempt to open their account in IPL 2023, they will be without the services of their star bowler Jofra Archer.
The England star bowler won’t be a part of the playing XI. The same was confirmed by the captain Rohit Sharma at the toss.
Why Jofra Archer Is Not Playing Tonight’s Match Against CSK?
According to reports, Jofra experienced discomfort in his right elbow immediately after his first game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 2. During the game against RCB, Jofra bowled 4 overs for 33 runs. If reports are to be believed than Archer has not bowled at all since the game against RCB even though he has been attending the training sessions.
Speaking at the toss, Rohit denied any injury but stated that the pacer has not been included in the team as a precautionary measure. He said:
“One injury – not an injury but just a precaution – Jofra is not playing, but we’ve got other guys to do the job for us. Great feeling to be back at the Wankhede,”
Why Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes are not playing For CSK?
After winning the toss, MS Dhoni talked with the presenter about his decision before he expressed his happiness about playing at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
“We will bowl first. Think one of the most memorable venues not only the 2011 win but when we won in 2007, when we came back the reception we got was great. Generally got pace and bounce, you can play your shots We have a few injury concerns, Stokes has an injury, Mo (Moeen Ali) is not available. Ajinkya and Pretorius are playing. These are the two changes we have made.”
CSK vs MI Playing XI and Substitute List for Impact Player
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Shivam Dube, Dwaine Pretorius, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Sisanda Magala, Tushar Deshpande
CSK substitutes: Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ambati Rayudu, Shaik Rasheed, Akash Singh, Subhranshu Senapati
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Tristan Stubbs, Arshad Khan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff
MI substitutes: Ramandeep Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Arjun Tendulkar, Kumar Karthikeya, Nehal Wadhera