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Just yesterday, CSK had started with only three overseas players in their 11, for a certain Lungi Ngidi had pulled out of the tournament due to an injury.
Today is a new day. The second day of the IPL. But you must have heard of that phrase, ‘New day, same story’. KKR play their first game today with Sunrisers Hyderabad. KKR’s two young pacers, former Under-19 stars, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, had both suffered from injuries and had to withdraw from the league. Hardly had they called in their replacements, when yet another fast bowler, South African Anrich Nortje, had pulled out citing a shoulder injury.
As far as Mumbai Indians are concerned, the case of exclusion (or inclusion) of Malinga is more complex and dubious. Earlier, it was reported that Malinga was set to miss a good number of games for MI, a domestic tournament being cited as the reason by the Sri Lankan board. Then, objections were put forth by Mumbai Indians that they were not informed of any such participation by the board during the auctions. Now, the MI veteran is set to join the squad as early as tomorrow. He is still set to miss the first game today, though. Another MI pacer, Adam Milne, has also pulled out of the tournament. Injury, again.