SL vs SA, ODI series: South Africa captain Temba Bavuma has been ruled out of the entire remaining Sri Lanka white-ball tour after sustaining a finger injury in the opening game of the ODI series. Bavuma took a blow to his right thumb while batting during the first ODI in Colombo, which left it fractured. He got hit while attempting to avoid a throw from one of the fielders.
He got retired hurt in the 26th over, due to “persistent discomfort” after playing a knock of 38 runs off 53 balls while chasing the 301-run target set-up by the host. South Africa ended up losing the game by 14 runs. The scans after the end of the match revealed that the 31-year old had suffered from a fracture.
Bavuma has been advised to fly back home for treatment. Cricket South Africa have named Keshav Maharaj as the captain of the ODI team in the absence of Bavuma. The board will name the T20I skipper in due course.
“The incident took place on Wednesday when Bavuma copped a direct blow to his thumb during the 26th over of play. He was attempting to avoid a fielder’s throw-in and was struck on the right thumb. Bavuma subsequently retired hurt two overs later due to “persistent discomfort”. The timeline for his return to action will be determined post doctor consultations,” the statement from CSA read according to Cricbuzz.
After losing the first ODI, Sri Lanka has taken a lead of 1-0. The next game will take place on Saturday (September 24) in Colombo.
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