Bhanuka suffers heavy blow on elbow
Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaska was forced to retire in the 9th over during the 2023 IPL clash between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Guwahati after suffering a severe blow to his elbow.
The ball was a shot by PBKS’s skipper Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan lifted a delivery from Ashwin, aiming to play it over his head for a boundary. However, the ball ended up smashing Rajapaska on the elbow.
After a lengthy check, it was decided that Rajapaksa cannot continue batting, and he decided to retire with wicket-keeper batter Jitesh Sharma walking out to bat.
In a tweet, Rajapaksa said the X-rays have cleared him of any broken bones or fractures. “Plenty of ice needed, but I’m doing fine!,” he said.
At the end, PBKS managed to beat RR by 5 runs.
Dimuth recalled for tournament against Afghanistan
The 16-member squad has been selected by the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee for the first two games of the ODI series vs. Afghanistan.
The three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will commence on June 02, 2023, at the MRICS in Hambantota.
Former captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been recalled to Sri Lanka’s ODI squad to replace batsman Nuwanidu Fernando. Karunaratne captained Sri Lanka’s ODI team until he was dropped following the tour of West Indies in 2021 and has not played international white-ball cricket since.
Also included is fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, a welcome return for Sri Lanka’s best fast bowler who has not played international cricket since September last year when he picked up an injury during the early stages of Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup campaign.
Also missing out on a place is all-rounder Dunith Wellalage, replaced by uncapped leg spinner Dushan Hemantha.
The squad is as follows :
1) Dasun Shanaka – Captain
2) Pathum Nissanka
3) Dimuth Karunaratne
4) Kusal Mendis (WK) – Vice Captain
5) Angelo Mathews
6) Charith Asalanka
7) Dhananjaya De Silva
8) Sadeera Samarawickrama – (WK)
9) Chamika Karunaratne
10) Dushan Hemantha
11) Wanindu Hasaranga
12) Lahiru Kumara
13) Dushmantha Chameera
14) Kasun Rajitha
15) Matheesha Pathirana
16) Maheesh Theekshana
Chennai Super Kings win fifth IPL title
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the Indian Premier League (IPL) title for the fifth time yesterday (29).
According to the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method, Gujarat Titans (GT), who were the champions of the previous tournament, were defeated by Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets.
The Chennai team won the IPL title in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 under the leadership of its Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
According to the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method of the match held in Ahmedabad, the Chennai players who chased a target of 171 runs in 15 overs managed to complete the winning target by losing only 5 wickets in 15 overs.
Devon Conway scored 47 runs and Shivam Dube scored 32 runs not out in 21 balls.
Mohith Sharma took 3 wickets for the Gujarat team.
The CSK won the toss and invited the Gujarat players to bat first. The GT team scored 214 runs for 4 wickets at the end of their 20 overs.
Sai Sudharsan scored 96 runs in 47 balls.
Sri Lankan player Matheesha Pathirana took 2 wickets.
Yupun suffers minor hamstring injury
Sri Lankan sprint sensation – Yupun Abeykoon says that he has been advised by medical experts to stay away from competitions for a few weeks due to a minor hamstring injury.
Issuing a statement, Yupun says that he has already stated his rehab process with his Physio, doctors and the rest of the staff and is ‘looking forward to coming back stronger than I was in the upcoming competitions.’
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