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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Injured Hardik Pandya To Miss India's Match Against New Zealand In Dharamsala

Pandya suffered the injury during the third delivery of the ninth over when he attempted to stop a straight drive from Bangladesh opener Litton Das with his right foot in his follow-through in their World Cup fixture in Pune.

Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya
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India's all-rounder Hardik Pandya is all in likeliness to miss their World Cup 2023 fixture against New Zealand, in Dharamasala on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Pandya had walked off the ground during Team India's clash against Bangladesh in Pune after twisting his ankle. (ODI WC 2023 | Cricket News | Full Coverage)

Pandya suffered the injury during the third delivery of the ninth over when he attempted to stop a straight drive from Bangladesh opener Litton Das with his right foot in his follow-through. 

He twisted his left ankle as the ball passed under his leg and he stumbled to the ground.     

Pandya felt discomfort from the moment he stood up before getting his right ankle strapped, resulting in in a long delay. He hobbled towards his bowling mark before realising that he could not carry on and walked off the field.

However, in statement released by the BCCI, they now have confirmed that Pandya will miss Sunday's game against the Black Caps in Dharamsala. He is likely to join the team in Lucknow, ahead of India's match against England on Sunday, October 29.

"Team India vice-captain Hardik Pandya sustained an injury to his left ankle while fielding on his own bowling during India’s match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The all-rounder was taken for scans and is advised rest. He will be under the constant supervision of the BCCI Medical Team. He will not be taking the flight to Dharamsala with the team on 20th October and will now join the team directly in Lucknow where India play England," BCCI said in a statement.

India defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets in Pune, on Thursday. The two unbeaten teams in the World Cup so far, India and New Zealand, will go head-to-head on Sunday in what promises to be a mouth-watering contest.

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