In a major blow for South Africa, Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the ongoing World Cup game against Bangladesh at the Oval. The 23-year old pacer suffered a hamstring injury. Ngidi had to walk off the field to receive treatment for a tight left hamstring. Before leaving the field, Ngidi had a tough outing as Bangladesh openers took him to the cleaners. He conceded 34 runs without taking any wicket in his four overs.
Ngidi had recently recovered from an injury and would be hoping that the latest injury is not serious. The 23-year missed this year’s entire Indian Premier League after suffering a side strain in South Africa’s ODI series against Sri Lanka at home. Lungi Ngidi was set to feature for Chennai Super Kings. Missing Ngidi, meanwhile, will be a big blow for the Proteas in the ongoing game.
Bangladesh are going great guns with the bat and are looking set to post in excess of 300. At the time of writing this report, they were 217 for 2 at the end of the 35th over. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan were leading the charge and were batting on 71 and 75 respectively. With Ngidi out of the game, South Africa will now have to look for other options as they look to bounce back towards the end.
Lungi Ngidi, meanwhile, is not the only injury concern for the Proteas. Senior players Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn are sidelined with injuries too.
Both Steyn and Amla are not a part of the playing eleven for the Bangladesh game. However, they are looking set to play South Africa’s next game which is against India on June 5. Amla could not make it to the Proteas’ eleven as he has still not recovered from the bouncer blow sustained in the World Cup-opener last week. The right-handed batsman was struck in the head by a 90mph ball from Jofra Archer and had to walk off.
South Africa team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee has now said that the team is hopeful of seeing Amla play the crucial game against India. Moosajee said that Amla has been given the rest as a precautionary measure. On the other hand, Steyn is still recovering from a shoulder injury he had sustained during the IPL.