• Reason explained behind the absence of Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jofra Archer from Mumbai Indians versus Chennai Super Kings IPL clash.

  • The MS Dhoni-led CSK won the toss and opted to bowl first.

IPL 2023: Here’s why Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes are not playing the high-voltage MI vs CSK clash
Jofra Archer, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes misses out MI vs CSK clash (Image Source: Twitter)

The ‘El Clasico’ of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a highly anticipated clash between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI), has been impacted by an injury crisis. Three England players could not participate in the game, including two key all-rounders, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali from CSK, and frontline pacer Jofra Archer from MI.

During the coin toss, the Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni revealed that Stokes suffered from an injury, while Moeen was unavailable for the contest. In light of these absences, Ajinkya Rahane, Dwaine Pretorius and Sisanda Magala were included in the playing XI to replace them.

“We have a few injury concerns, Stokes has an injury, and Moeen is not well. Ajinkya and Pretorius are playing in place of them,” Dhoni said at the toss.

Similarly, Rohit Sharma, leader of Mumbai, explained that Archer’s absence is a precautionary measure due to a fitness concern. South African batter Tristan Stubbs was included in the playing XI along with Jason Behrendorff.

“We would’ve fielded as well. It’s a good pitch to bat and will be a good contest between bat and ball. The mood has been upbeat, and hopefully, we can correct the things we didn’t do in Bangalore. 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,” said Rohit.

Playing XIs:

Chennai Super Kings: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(c & wk), Shivam Dube, Dwaine Pretorius, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Sisanda Magala, Tushar Deshpande

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Tristan Stubbs, Arshad Khan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff.



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