Injured Mithun ruled out of NZ series

Sports Correspondent

17th February, 2019 09:41:48 printer

Injured Mithun ruled out of NZ series

Bangladesh received a huge blow ahead of their third ODI against New Zealand as in-form Mohammad Mithun is all set to miss the series’ concluding match due to a hamstring injury.

New Zealand won the three-match ODI series by winning the opening two games as the visitors surrendered meekly in front of the hosts courtesy of their batting failure.

However, Mohammad Mithun remained the only exception as he managed to score successive half-centuries to fight a lone battle.

During the last game Mithun pulled his hamstring while taking a quick single. Following the incident he did not go out to field and was kept under observation for 48 hours according to the advice from the physio.

Team manager Khaled Masud Pilot insisted on Sunday that his chance of playing the last game is very slim as they are not expecting him to recover unless there is any kind of miracle.

“I don’t think he will be able to play in the last game,” said Mashud told daily sun on Sunday.

“Though we will have the reports of the scan tomorrow (today) but the physio told that he does not see much improvement and until there is any miracle he is certain to miss the last game,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh can heave a sigh of relief as they are expecting Mushfiqur Rahim to be fit before the final ODI despite the fact that he was also under 48-hour medical observation for his rib injury that resurfaced after the second game.

Mushfiqur felt pain in ribs for the first time during the Asia Cup in September 2018 and it seemed to have resurfaced during the second game against New Zealand. He kept wicket despite the discomfort and since returning back to the dressing room he was advised to remain under medical observation.