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Chennai Super Kings suffer another injury blow as Moeen Ali hurts his ankle

The defending champions have already lost Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne to injuries this season

Nagraj Gollapudi
Moeen Ali has struggled this IPL, as opposed to his stellar form in 2021  •  BCCI

Moeen Ali has struggled this IPL, as opposed to his stellar form in 2021  •  BCCI

Chennai Super Kings have been dealt an injury concern after allrounder Moeen Ali hurt his ankle during a training session. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the franchise is waiting for scan results after he picked up the injury on Saturday.
As a consequence, it is likely that Moeen is in danger of missing Super Kings' next few matches. The defending champions are scheduled to play two games this week: on Monday against Punjab Kings, and on May 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Moeen last played on April 17 against Gujarat Titans, a close match that Super Kings lost by three wickets.
Two days before getting injured, Moeen was dropped for the match against Mumbai Indians, which his team won, and where New Zealand spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner replaced him.
As opposed to his stellar form in the 2021 season, Moeen has struggled in this IPL. He arrived late this year, and thus missed the tournament opener owing to a delay in getting a visa to travel to India from the UK. In the five matches he has played, Moeen has scored 87 runs at an average of 17.40, including a 48 against Sunrisers. Even with the ball, he has gone wicketless so far: in eight overs, he has conceded 68 runs.
Super Kings have been saddled with injuries this season with fast bowlers Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne both ruled out. At the halfway stage, Super Kings, who this season appointed Ravindra Jadeja as the successor to MS Dhoni as captain, have recorded just two wins in seven matches, and currently occupy the ninth position in the points table.

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo