Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was definitely impressed with the efforts of Matheesha Pathirana after the Sri Lankan tempo sensation picked up a 2-wicket haul on his IPL debut for the 4-time champions. Pathirana completed with figures of two.24 in his 19-ball spell of their defeat to Gujarat Titans in Match 62 of IPL 2022 on Sunday.
Pathirana, who’s dubbed as junior Lasith Malinga, acquired a possibility to make his debut for CSK after he was roped in as a substitute participant earlier within the season for injured New Zealand pacer Adam Milne. Pathirana acquired his maiden CSK cap on Sunday as MS Dhoni’s males made a slew of modifications of their penultimate match of the season.
Pathirana changed his Sri Lankan counterpart Maheesh Theekshana within the CSK XI because the 4-time champions examined their bench power after being knock out of the playoffs race.
Pathirana impressed as he acquired Gujarat Titans’ star opener Shubman Gill with the very frist supply of his spell. The 19-year-old, together with his slingy motion, acquired one to skid via and hit Gill’s pads within the seventh over of GT’s chase. Gill was given out LBW and even a overview couldn’t save him.
In his 2nd over, Pathirana picked up the wicket of Gujarat Titans’ captain Hardik Pandya with a slower one which the star all-rounder was not in a position to learn. Hardik acquired a vanguard that was pouched safely on the mid-off area.
“With Pathirana, the margin of error is slim. He’s got a good slower one and it will be tough to hit him if he bowls consistent pace,” Dhoni stated.
The CSK captain stated the staff will proceed to check their bench power after they face Rajasthan Royals of their last league match on May 20.
“We will look to give people chances. We are trying to feature a good XI and will look to do that in the coming games also,” he added.
MS DHONI CONCEDES WRONG CALL
Meanwhile, Dhoni conceded that his choice to bat first on a sluggish pitch on the Wankhede Stadium was not perfect. CSK huffed and puffed to 133/5 in 20 overs which was not sufficient. Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a fifty and comeback man N Jagadeesan hit a gradual 39 however there was no actual momentum to the innings at any cut-off date.
Gujarat Titans rode on a strong fifty from Wriddhiman Saha to chase don the goal in 19.1 overs and seal their place within the high 2 of the factors desk.
“Batting first wasn’t a very good idea. It was tough to hit the faster bowlers in the first half, spinners-wise it was similar. Sai bowled well,” Dhoni added.