IPL 2020: Injured R Ashwin Said He'll Be Fit for Next Game Against CSK, says Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals Ravichandran Ashwin suffered a shoulder injury during the team's opening IPL 2020 clash against Kings XI Punjab at Dubai on Sunday.

IPL 2020: Injured R Ashwin Said He'll Be Fit for Next Game Against CSK, says Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said off-spinner R Ashwin was hopeful of being available for their next match after injuring his shoulder during the team's opening Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 clash against Kings XI Punjab at Dubai on Sunday (September 20).

The injury occurred when Ashwin landed awkwardly on his shoulder while diving to prevent a single off his own bowling. Ashwin had already taken two wickets in the over - his first and only one in the match.

"I spoke to Ashwin briefly, he said he'll be ready for the next game, but in the end the physio is going to decide. Ashwin is a tough guy," Iyer said in the post match presentation.

Delhi Capitals play Chennai Super Kings next on September 25.

Ashwin was helped off the field by the DC physio and was seen wearing a sling in the dressing room. However, he later came out without a sling to collect an award.

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The exact nature of the injury is unknown as of now and DC can ill-afford to lose the veteran spinner, for whom they don't necessarily have a able like-for-like replacement. If Ashwin misses a few games, DC have the leg-spin options of Amit Mishra and Sandeep Lamichhane to turn to.

Earlier in the first innings, Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (53) dragged Delhi Capitals to 157/8 with a blistering half century. KXIP nearly pulled off a come-from-behind victory with Mayank Agarwal slamming 89 off 60 but the game went into a Super Over where Kagiso Rabada did the trick for DC.

A stellar show from Mohammed Shami (3/15), backed by valuable shifts put in by debutant Ravi Bishnoi (1/22) and Sheldon Cottrell (2/24) made it look like Kings XI Punjab may have a small target to chase.

But Stonis walked in when DC were 87-5 and in a vulnerable position. The loss of early wickets thanks to Shami meant Shreyas Iyer (39) and Rishabh Pant (31) had a rebuilding job on their hands when they were in the middle.

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However, both India internationals departed in quick succession and there was plenty still to do for Stoinis. However, his 21-ball 53 included 7 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 252.38.

The burly Aussie would save his best for the last. DC were on 127/7 at the end of the penultimate over of the innings at the Dubai International Stadium after which Stoinis smashed 26 runs off Chris Jordan in the final over.