Rashid Khan failed two concussion tests after being hit on the helmet by fast bowler Lockie Ferguson on Saturday during an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and New Zealand at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton. The 20-year-old was ruled out of the match before Afghanistan took to the field to defend their below-par total of 172. Rashid was dismissed by Ferguson for a four-ball duck in the 34th over. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Latest Update After CSK vs RR, Match 37: Rajasthan Royals Beat Chennai Super Kings to Rise to 5th Spot; KL Rahul And Kagiso Rabada Lead Orange Cap, Purple Cap Battle Respectively
Rashid was off the field throughout the match as he failed two concussion tests. He did not bowl as a precaution and will be under observation until tomorrow. He was seen uncomfortable while holding his forehead in the balcony, ESPNcricinfo reported in their live commentary. He never came back to the field after he sustained a concussion. Afghanistan, however, have six days off before their next match against South Africa. That may be enough of a break in between games for Rashid to recover and resume his place as Afghanistan’s strike bowler, commentary added. Also Read - Lanka Premier League 2020 Draft: Lasith Malinga, Shahid Afridi Give Nod For T20 Tournament, Two Indian Players Among Overseas Signings
New Zealand paceman James Neesham was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 5/31, while, Ferguson was the second best bowler of the day with 4/37. The Kiwis chased down the target inside 33 overs, with skipper Kane Williamson scoring an unbeaten 79 despite Afghanistan pacer Aftab Alam taking three wickets. Also Read - CSK vs RR 2020, IPL Match Report: Jos Buttler, Bowlers Guide Guide Rajasthan Royals to Seven-wicket Win Versus MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings
Both Afghanistan and South Africa will be seen in search of their first win on June 15 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.