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IPL 2019: Steyn to join RCB squad; injured Rajpoot ruled out

South African speedster Dale Steyn has replaced injured Australian counterpart Nathan Coulter-Nile in the Royal Challengers’ Bangalore squad for the remaining IPL season.

Steyn last played for RCB from 2008 to 2010. He joined Deccan Chargers in 2011. He has also played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions. A shoulder injury kept him away from the 2017 edition. He went unsold at the players’ auction in 2018 and 2019. His presence could greatly help the team address its bowling woes. RCB plays Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Saturday and faces Mumbai Indians on Monday.

Meanwhile, Kings XI’s Ankit Rajpoot has been ruled out for Saturday’s match owing to a finger-injury. Coach Mike Hesson confirmed on Friday the medium pacer suffered a split-webbing against Mumbai Indians.

Hesson also hinted at the possibility of the in-form duo of Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal being match-ready on Saturday. Gayle is nursing back-spasms and Agarwal is eyeing a return after missing a match due to a finger-injury.

Source: thehindu.com

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