New Zealand batting all-rounder James Neesham has been ruled out of the upcoming one-off T20I against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. The 28-year-old sustained the injury during the final ODI of their recently-concluded three-match series against Sri Lanka, which New Zealand won 3-0. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Today Latest Update After CSK vs KKR, Match 49: Mumbai Indians Become 1st Team to Qualify For Playoffs After Chennai Super Kings Beat Kolkata Knight Riders; KL Rahul Retains Orange Cap, Kagiso Rabada Leads Purple Cap Tally
Giving out more details, New Zealand’s physio Vijay Vallabh said the left-hand batsman felt some tightness in the right hamstring during the final ODI and left the field for treatment. The injury will be assessed over a couple of days, he continued. Also Read - CSK vs KKR 2020, IPL Today Match Report: Ruturaj Gaikwad Fifty, Ravindra Jadeja Blitzkrieg Help Chennai Super Kings Clinch Thriller vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Send Mumbai Indians Into Playoffs
“He’s iced and compressed the injury and will be reassessed in a couple of days,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Vallabh, as saying. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Today Latest Update After Match 48: Mumbai Indians Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore to Extend Lead on No.1 Spot; Jasprit Bumrah Grabs 2nd Position in Purple Cap Tally
The injured all-rounder will be replaced by Doug Bracewell in New Zealand’s 13-member T20I squad for their match with Sri Lanka.
Neesham had made a smashing international return after a gap of more than a year when he hit five sixes in an over and was very close to breaking the record of AB de Villiers of hitting the fastest half-century in ODIs, against Sri Lanka in the first ODI of their recently-concluded three-match series. Overall, he has played a total of 44 one-day matches scoring 934 runs with an average of 30.13.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka will play their one-off T20 match on January 11 at the Eden Park.
(With ANI Inputs)