Things are just going from bad to worse for South Africa in the ongoing World Cup. After losing their World Cup-opener against England, the Proteas were stunned by Bangladesh on Sunday. Bangladesh won the game by 21 runs to start their World Cup on a high and condemn South Africa to their second consecutive defeat. The day then went from bad to worse for the beleaguered Proteas as their pacer Lungi Ngidi sustained a hamstring injury.
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Lungi Ngidi limped off the Oval pitch after bowling just four overs in Bangladesh’s innings. He had conceded 34 runs off his four overs without picking any wicket. South Africa’ team doctor Mohammed Moosajee has now revealed Lungi Ngidi won’t be back for seven to 10 days. It means Ngidi would not play the must-win clash against India on Wednesday (June 5) in Southampton. Moosajee said that the team-management is hopeful of Lungi Ngidi’s return for the game against West Indies on June 10.
“Ngidi sustained sharp discomfort in his left hamstring. We decided he had a hamstring strain. He will be out for week to 10 days,” Moosajee told reporters.
“He will have a scan tomorrow (Monday). We hope he can be ready for the West Indies match,” he added.
South Africa also had some good news as their veteran batsman Amla, who missed the game against Bangladesh, is set to return for the India clash. Amla sat out the game after being hit on the helmet by England’s Jofra Archer last week. South Africa did not include Amla in the playing eleven as a precautionary measure.
“The concussion assessments were done on Thursday and initially the results were inconclusive. Then the next test showed he could bat,” Moosajee said.
“Subsequent to the match, the next day he felt some symptoms, so as a precaution we decided to rest him for this game. The plan is to have him ready for the game against India in Southampton,” added Moosajee.