IPL 6: Injured Lasith Malinga out of Mumbai Indians' opener against RCB

Apr 03, 2013, 21:37 IST | PTI

Mumbai Indians will miss the services of their Sri Lankan pace spearhead Lasith Malinga in their opening Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.

Lasith Malinga, who has been Mumbai Indians attack's mainstay over the past five editions, will miss his IPL team's opener due to a sore back which he sustained during Sri Lanka's recent limited overs series against Bangladesh.

Malinga's last competitive match was against Bangladesh during the T20 International at Pallekele.

Lasith Malinga.

"Malinga will miss the first match of this season due to the on-going treatment for sore back. He was scheduled to join MI camp in Bangalore yesterday but now he will only join the squad in Mumbai for the team's first home match," a MI official informed today.

In Malinga's absence, Munaf Patel, Nathan Coultier-Nile, Mitchell Johnson are likely to lead the bowling attack.

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