Chennai all-rounder Ben Stokes has been benched for the ongoing clash against arch-rivals, Mumbai Indians. He has managed less than 20 runs in the first two games for his team. However, in the second game against Lucknow Super Giants, Stokes came to bat at an unusual order. Meanwhile, it was reported in The Indian Express that the England Test skipper might be ruled out of the game.
It was said that the 2019 World Cup winner sustained a heel injury. Meanwhile, in the ongoing game, CSK skipper MS Dhoni has confirmed that Stokes has an injury. However, the former hasn't informed the nature of the injury. Apart from the New Zealand-born, Stokes, Moeen Ali is also missing the game
"We've had some injury concerns. Stokes has an injury. Mo is not well and in their place we've got Rahane and Pretorius. Other than that, same team," Dhoni said at the toss.
Talking about the playing XI of both teams, Ajinkya Rahane is making his debut in the Yellow Army. He has previously played for MI, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, and Kolkata Knight Riders. On the other hand, Sisanda Magala from South Africa is also making his IPL debut. From the Mumbai camp, Arjun Tendulkar is also included among the impacts subs and might play a role latter in the game.
Playing XI of Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians
MI XI: 1 Ishan Kishan (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Cameron Green, 4 Tilak Varma, 5 Suryakumar Yadav, 6 Tristan Stubbs, 7 Tim David, 8 Arshad Khan, 9 Hrithik Shokeen, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Jason Behrendorff
Subs: Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ambati Rayudu, Shaik Rasheed, Akash Singh, Subhranshu Senapati
This is how Twitter reacted
No Moeen, No Stokes, Ajinkya and Preto Playing 😭 pic.twitter.com/tevCOC9CLt— Murphy ❁ (@review_retained) April 8, 2023
No Stokes pic.twitter.com/ZmZyJEmx1N— I am Negan (@freakforbruno) April 8, 2023
No Ben Stokes, no Moeen Ali. Congratulations mi for 2 points 😔👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/9HOZiMi9RF— 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐬𝐌𝐒𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧™ (@Itzshreyas07) April 8, 2023
Both Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer downfall started after leaving the greatest franchise Rajasthan Royals pic.twitter.com/tvIAaALjYm— Pratham. (@76thHundredWhxn) April 8, 2023
No Archer for Mumbai Indians.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 8, 2023
No Stokes for Chennai Super Kings.
No Ben Stokes + No Moeen Ali.— Aufridi Chumtya (@ShuhidAufridi) April 8, 2023
This Scaring Me 🥶. pic.twitter.com/NSj9eNxXP5
Toss win, but no Moeen & Stokes pic.twitter.com/pz5a1B6mjj— Dhoni Targaryen™🗡️ (@SixthOfHisName_) April 8, 2023
No Stokes and Moeen pic.twitter.com/lZWyzCADwa— Beast (@Beast_xx_) April 8, 2023
Harry Brook, Sam Curran and Ben Stokes in IPL so far pic.twitter.com/AHqPZ4Tycj— Ankit Pathak 🇮🇳 (@ankit_acerbic) April 2, 2023