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“Baby Malinga Is Here”- Twitter Reacts As Matheesha Pathirana Takes A Wicket With Perfect Yorker On 1st Ball In CSK Colors

Former Sri Lanka U-19 pace bowler Matheesha Pathirana joined the Chennai Super Kings as a replacement for Adam Milne after the Kiwi speedster picked up an injury soon after his first game in the yellow color. Pathirana warmed the benches for quite some time, but today, he finally received his maiden cap in the IPL match against the Gujarat Titans.

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Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium. Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a fine fifty at the top for the Chennai-based franchise as they finished with 133/5 in their 20 overs on a tough wicket.

Wicket-keeper batter Narayan Jagadeesan played his first match of the season today against the Gujarat Titans. The Tamil Nadu player supported Gaikwad with a knock of 39 runs. Speaking with the host broadcasters after the first innings, Jagadeesan said:

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“The wicket was a bit sticky. It was two-paced. But I think we are 15-20 runs short. Everybody got their own plans, it’s about the execution. if we execute correctly, I think it’s game on. It will be the fast bowlers (who will hold the key). When they keep changing their pace, it’s a bit tricky for the batters.”

Fans react as Matheesha Pathirana kicks off his IPL career in style

Matheesha Pathirana has been a talking point ever since he received a contract from the Chennai Super Kings. The reason behind it is that he has a bowling action that is similar to former Sri Lankan cricket team captain Lasith Malinga.

Back during his days as an active cricketer, Malinga was a top performer for the Mumbai Indians, but his junior Pathirana is playing for rival team Chennai Super Kings. He kicked off his IPL career in style with a great yorker which trapped Shubman Gill in front of his stumps. Here’s how fans reacted:

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