Pandya sidelined for NZ match due to ankle injury.

Hardik Pandya’s unfortunate left ankle injury, sustained during the Bangladesh match in Pune, has forced him to skip the journey to Dharamsala for the New Zealand showdown, as confirmed by a BCCI media release on October 20.

Medical scans of the injured ankle have indicated the need for rest, and Pandya will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical Team. He is expected to rejoin the squad in Lucknow for the upcoming England clash.

The injury struck during the ninth over of the match, during Pandya’s first over, as he attempted to use his leg to stop the ball in his follow-through. He had to leave the field with the assistance of support staff, and Virat Kohli completed the over.

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After undergoing scans, Pandya returned to the field and was willing to bat if necessary, although it turned out to be unnecessary as India comfortably achieved the 257-run target set by Bangladesh, winning by seven wickets.

India, unbeaten thus far in the World Cup, is gearing up to face table-toppers New Zealand on October 22 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. They have a six-day break before their encounter with defending champions England at the Ekana stadium in Lucknow.


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