Dhoni advises against Pathirana’s inclusion in red-ball cricket

With the IPL 2023 just around the corner, MS Dhoni has rejoined the CSK squad and his return has sparked a frenzy among fans. The iconic captain, affectionately known as 'Thala,' will be playing his first IPL match in Chennai after a three-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions. All the teams have already begun their preparations for the tournament. IPL 2023 MIGHT BE THE LAST FOR MS DHONI The schedule for the highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is out. The opening match will see Chennai Super Kings pitted against Gujarat on March 31. The tournament will follow a home-and-away format this time around. So, MS Dhoni will play in Chennai for the first time in three years. MS Dhoni enjoys a massive fan base in Chennai, and the reception he will receive when he takes the field at Chepauk after such a long time was discussed by former Australia opener Matthew Hayden on Star Sports. With the IPL less than a month away, all participating teams are working hard to ensure that they are in top form for the tournament. Follow us on Twitter for more!

In the 49th game of IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings faced off against Mumbai Indians. Batting first, Mumbai Indians struggled against Chennai’s bowling attack, including Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana’s impressive performance. Pathirana took three wickets and gave away only 15 runs in four overs. After the game, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni praised Pathirana’s recent performances. However, Dhoni also advised the 20-year-old not to play red-ball cricket and stick to the limited-overs format. Pathirana received the Player of the Match award for his performance.

“I would prefer him not to play red-ball cricket and play all the ICC tournaments, he would be a great asset for Sri Lanka. He was slightly lean last season and has added muscle this season,”

Dhoni said.

Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by six wickets

Chennai Super Kings put up a clinical show against Mumbai Indians in their IPL 2023 clash on May 6. They restricted Mumbai to a low total, and their batters then chased it down with ease. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway provided a solid start to Chennai. Conway played an impressive knock of 44 runs off 42 deliveries, whereas Gaikwad scored 30 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane also contributed with 21 runs, while Shivam Dube remained unbeaten on 26 runs off just 18 balls. The Chennai batters showed resilience and chased down the target of 140 runs comfortably. They registered their sixth victory of the season and are currently in second place on the IPL points table with 13 points in 11 matches.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians had a forgettable day, as their batting collapsed in front of Chennai’s bowlers. Despite a good bowling performance by Jofra Archer and others, their total proved to be insufficient for their bowlers to defend. Mumbai Indians are currently in sixth place in the IPL points table with 10 points in 10 games.

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