File photo of New Zealand opener Martin Guptill© AFP
Veteran opener Martin Guptill has been provided a questionable starter for New Zealand’s Super 12 match against India on Sunday after he suffered a toe injury during their clash against Pakistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup. Guptill suffered a toe injury after being hit by a Haris Rauf delivery during their five-wicket loss to Pakistan here on Tuesday night. New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said Guptill, who had scored 17 off 20 balls before being clean bowled by Rauf, was not feeling comfortable after the match.
“At the end of the match, Guptill was feeling a little uncomfortable and the next 24 to 48 hours would be decisive,” Stead told reporters after the match.
“We’ll see how he scrubs overnight. He seemed to be in a bit of trouble towards the end of the game and it may take 24 to 48 hours to see how he goes.”
If Guptill is ruled out of India’s match, it will be a major setback for the Kiwis, who lost their fast bowler Lockie Ferguson ahead of the Pakistan match due to a calf muscle injury.
New Zealand named Adam Milne in the squad as Ferguson’s replacement, who was ruled out of the tournament.
Playing their first match of the tournament, New Zealand were restricted to 134 for 8 after being invited to bat and Pakistan chased down a narrow target in 18.4 overs to claim their second win in as many matches.
The win put Pakistan at the top of the Group 2 points table and Stead feels New Zealand’s next match against India in Dubai on Sunday will be crucial if the team is to qualify for the semi-finals.
“You would imagine that Pakistan is now the top favorite in our group to be seeded number one and the rest of us are fighting it out for the next spot, which makes India’s game very important,” the coach said.
“You sometimes have to lose one to figure out what’s important to you. If we can go and beat India then we can definitely put ourselves back on the right track.”
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