Lungi Ngidi suffered a hamstring injury and will miss the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup clash between South Africa and Bangladesh at the Kennington Oval in London. (Image credit: Twitter)
South Africa is currently under pressure in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter against Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim blasted fifties and shared a record partnership to put Bangladesh on course for a big score against the Proteas, who are currently low on confidence after losing their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against England at the same venue a couple of days ago. Their problems have been compounded even further with Lungi Ngidi, their pacer, been ruled out of this match due to a hamstring injury which he sustained after he bowled four overs. Ngidi had missed the entire 2019 Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings due to a side strain and his World Cup preparation was in doubt.
Ngidi did not get off to a good start in the match against Bangladesh. After getting hit for a boundary in the first over, he tightened things up in the second over. However, in the third over, Soumya Sarkar managed to hit him for three boundaries which included two pull shots to the deep midwicket fence. Things got only worse for Ngidi in the fourth over as Sarkar blasted two more boundaries, one straight down the ground to long off and one cut shot over the slips. The frustration boiled over for Ngidi and he flung a throw back at Tamim Iqbal, who responded by pulling him to the deep midwicket fence.
After figures of 0/34 in four overs, Ngidi was taken off the attack but he was not on the field. An update was provided that Ngidi was getting treatment for his left hamstring and the news came that the youngster would not take any part in the match. With Dale Steyn ruled out due to an injury, South Africa's pace stocks have diminished further and he could be in doubt for the remainder of the tournament.
In South Africa's opening game against England at the Kennington Oval, Imran Tahir was the star and he created history by becoming the first spinner ever to open the bowling in the tournament. He immediately accounted for Jonny Bairstow with his second ball and got the big wicket of England skipper Eoin Morgan but South Africa still lost the match by 104 runs. South Africa's next encounter will be against India in Southampton on June 5.