Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bravo sidelined with shoulder injury


airborne: Chennai Super Kings fielder Dwayne Bravo jumps in the air to attempt a catch on the boundary line during the IPL Twenty20 cricket final match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in 2011. —Photo: AFP

Mark Fraser

 West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo missed Chennai Super Kings’ 93-run win over Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League match in Abu Dhabi, yesterday, due to a shoulder injury which will keep him out of competitive action for at least four weeks.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, Bravo sustained the injury when attempting a catch on the boundary in Super Kings’ first match of the season, against Kings XI Punjab last Friday. Ahead of yesterday’s game, Mahendra Dhoni, the Super Kings captain, said Bravo would be out for “four-five weeks”.

“Sad that he won’t be part of the dressing room, hope he recovers soon,” Dhoni said. 

Bravo was the league’s leading bowler last year with 32 wickets.

Meanwhile, Suresh Raina slammed 56 off 41 balls with five fours and a six for Chennai to set up their big total of 177 for seven. Dhoni also chipped in with a 15-ball, 32 (two fours, two sixes) while West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith hit 29 off 28 balls at the top of the innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishwar Pandey then grabbed two wickets apiece for Chennai as they dismissed Delhi for just 84.

Summarised Scores:

Chennai Super Kings 177-7 (Suresh Raina 56, MS Dhoni 32; Jaydev Unadkat 3/32) vs Delhi Daredevils 84 (15.4 overs) (Ravichandran Ashwin 2/3, Ravindra Jadeja 2/18, Ishwar Pandey 2/23)

—Chennai won by 93 runs