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Cricket-New Zealand lost to Williamson, India also suffered an injury

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Tuesday match – England v India – Headingley, Leeds, England – August 25, 2021 Virat Kohli of India before the match begins. Action images via Reuters / Lee Smith

December 3, 2021

By Sudipto Ganguly

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India and New Zealand both picked up serious injuries before the start of their second and final test at Wankhede Stadium on Friday as the touring team lost captain Kane Williamson to an elbow problem. hand.

The hosts have lost Ajinkya Rahane, who leads the team in Kanpur in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and fast pitcher Ishant Sharma.

The Cricket Council of India (BCCI) said in a statement: “Ajinkya Rahane suffered a strain in his left hamstring while competing on the final day of the first test match in Kanpur.

Ishant dislocated her left little finger while Jadeja injured her right forearm in Kanpur, BCCI added.

Kohli will return to lead the home team.

New Zealand will be led by opener Tom Latham after Williamson was forced to sit out due to a left elbow injury that has plagued him for much of 2021.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said: “It’s been a really difficult time for Kane when he has to deal with such a nagging injury.

“While we were able to manage the injury during the year and the T20 World Cup, the switch to cricket testing and the increased batting load made his elbow worse.”

Stead said Williamson will need an “intermittent period of rest, followed by rehabilitation, strength building, and a gradual hitting load”.

The match was delayed due to wet ground after Mumbai suffered unseasonal rains over the past two days, forcing the players to skip outdoor training before the match.

While the sun was out, there were still wet patches on the field, forcing the throw to be delayed.

The BCCI said the toss would be held at 11:30 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) and the match would begin 30 minutes later, effectively obliterating the first session of the match.

The opening test ended in a tight draw, with New Zealand’s final batting pair suspended in the final to deny the home team a win.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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