New Delhi. Now only 6 days are left for the start of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021 2nd Phase) and a bad news has come for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni). The team’s opener Faf du Plessis, playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021), has been injured. There is a strain in his thigh muscles. For this reason, he did not appear in the match against Barbados Royals in the league on Sunday. How serious his injury is, it is not known at the moment. Du Plessis is the captain of the league’s team St. Lucia Kings. In his absence, Andre Fletcher took charge of the team in the match against Barbados.
Du Plessis’ injury has not only dealt a blow to Chennai Super Kings, but could also affect St Lucia’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals. In the CPL points table, St Lucia is currently at the fourth place, winning 5 out of 9 matches. He needs to win his last match against Barbados Royals to stay in the last four race. But the captain of this already in form team du Plessis got injured.
Du Plessis captains St Lucia
Du Plessis played an important innings of 84 runs in 54 balls against Barbados Royals in the last match of CPL itself. Due to his innings, not only did St Lucia win the match, but also kept the CPL 2021 playoff hopes alive. Du Plessis’s bat was silent in the early matches of this season of the league. He scored 0, 10, 14 and 2 runs in the first 4 matches. But in the match against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on 4 September, he played an unbeaten innings of 120 runs in 60 balls. In this innings, he hit 13 fours and 5 sixes. Du Plessis scored at a strike rate of 200. That is, 82 runs were achieved only from the boundary.
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Du Plessis scored a century 8 days ago
This was the first century of this South African batsman in franchise T20 cricket. This is his highest score in T20. Earlier in 2015, he played an innings of 119 runs against West Indies. This is his second century in overall T20. Du Plessis’ injury is a matter of concern for CSK. Because he batted brilliantly in the first phase of IPL 2021. He scored 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of more than 145. He had also studded 4 fifty during this time. In such a situation, CSK will also be praying that Du Plessis’s injury is not too serious and he should be fit before the IPL.
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