Hashim Amla retired hurt: South Africa opening batsman was hit on the head by England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
During the first match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and South Africa at The Oval, South Africa opening batsman Hashim Amla retired hurt after being hit on the head by England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the fourth over when Amla’s attempt to pull a quick Archer delivery saw him missing the ball altogether. With the ball rising more than expected, it hit the veteran batsman on his helmet.
The sight was immediately followed by South African physio entering the ground and catering to Amla. After several minutes, the decision to provide some rest to the batsman was taken.
While walking out, Amla was seen rubbing his forehead. It is worth mentioning that the decision was just a precautionary measure and that there remains nothing to worry about the 36-year old cricketer.
It was Aiden Markram who came in to bat in place of Amla. What didn’t work precisely well for South Africa was that Markram was dismissed cheaply in a 312-run chase. Having looked good for his 11 (12), Markram edged an Archer delivery to Joe Root at first slip.
After South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and put England in to bat, the hosts scored 311/8 in 50 overs. England all-rounder Ben Stokes returned to form as he scored his 16th half-century. Coming in to bat at No. 5 in the 20th over, Stokes ended up scoring 89 (79) with the help of nine fours.
Hashim Amla retired hurt:
— Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) May 30, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
A blow for South Africa with Hashim Amla retiring hurt after copping a blow to the helmet from an Archer bouncer. He walks back to the dressing room as Aiden Markram comes to the middle: https://t.co/aadLGDgOqB #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/L5U1HeBoQi
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 30, 2019
— Sports Corner (@sportscorner100) May 30, 2019
#WorldCupWithIndiaTV #WorldCup2019 #ENGvSA: South Africa’s Hashim Amla struck on the helmet through Jofra Archer’s 145kph bouncer. Aiden Markram walks out to bat. South Africa 14/0 in 4 overs vs England (311/8)https://t.co/MUDSs1Pj2v pic.twitter.com/x1peTA0jvu
— India TV (@indiatvnews) May 30, 2019
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