Williamson picks up on-field thumb damage on return to worldwide cricket

Kane Williamson’s return to worldwide cricket after his lengthy knee-injury layoff was a blended one. He led New Zealand to an eight-wicket win and scored 78 within the chase towards Bangladesh, but additionally picked up a freak left-thumb damage that compelled him to retire harm.

“Got a bit fat and colourful straightaway,” Williamson, carrying a glove on his left hand, advised Ian Bishop on the presentation ceremony about his injured thumb, including that that is all he knew concerning the damage at that time.

This was within the thirty eighth over of New Zealand’s chase of 246, which they went on to complete with 43 balls in hand. Williamson was taking a fast single after taking part in Taskin Ahmed to mid-on to maneuver to 78 and, because the throw got here in and missed the stumps, it hit him flush on the left glove. The group medics got here out immediately, and Williamson continued batting after on-field remedy, which included some bandages being wrapped across the thumb and the hand. But just a few balls later, he opted to go away the sector.

“Just made holding the bat a little difficult,” Williamson advised Bishop by means of rationalization about retiring harm. He will get scans executed on the thumb on Saturday.

As for the situation of the knee, which was examined in a aggressive recreation for the primary time in months – he ruptured his ACL on the IPL in March – a laughing Williamson mentioned, “Secondary to the thumb.” He added, “Great to get through [the game] actually, from a knee perspective.”

Meanwhile, it wasn’t an amazing day for his opposing captain Shakib Al Hasan. Not solely did Bangladesh lose the sport, Shakib, who scored 40 in 51 balls in Bangladesh’s 245 for 9, additionally picked up a left-quad damage whereas batting. He completed his innings, after which bowled all his ten overs – by the thirty seventh – earlier than leaving the sector.

Najmul Hossain Shanto, the Bangladesh stand-in captain in Shakib’s absence, mentioned that Shakib had left to get scans executed on his left quad.

Shakib picked up the damage whereas finishing a run to maneuver from 23 to 24 within the twenty ninth over of Bangladesh’s innings, when it appeared like he had jammed his leg within the floor. He was on 24 off 45 balls at that stage, and picked up the tempo to get to 40 off 51 earlier than miscuing an tried pull off Lockie Ferguson to be dismissed.

Source web site: www.espncricinfo.com

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