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Pathirana, Deshpande Out Injured As CSK Invited To Bat First By Dhawan-Minus PBKS

CSK vs PBKS toss (X.com)CSK vs PBKS toss (X.com)

Sam Curran, the stand-in Punjab Kings skipper, won the toss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of Match 49 of IPL 2024 in Chepauk, and decided to bowl first. There was a possibility of the return of Shikhar Dhawan, however, the time has not come yet.

On the other hand, CSK won't have the services of Matheesha Pathirana and Tushar Deshpande, who have injury concerns just before facing the Punjab-based franchise.

In their absence, CSK have brought in debutant Richard Gleeson, while Mukesh Choudhary is expected to come in as an impact substitute if there is no collapse during CSK’s innings.

CSK vs PBKS: Playing XIs

CSK XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Daryl Mitchell, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (wk), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Richard Gleeson, Mustafizur Rahman

CSK Impact Subs: Sameer Rizvi, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Shaik Rasheed, Prashant Solanki

PBKS XI: Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran (c), Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

PBKS Impact Subs: Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Harpreet Singh Bhatia

With just three wins and six defeats, Punjab are placed eighth on the points table, only above Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. CSK, on the other hand, are fourth, having won five matches and lost four.