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A major setback for India ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with New Zealand.

A major setback for India ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with New Zealand.

When the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 pacesetters meet on Sunday, India will face a crucial clash with New Zealand without Hardik Pandya.

Due to an ankle injury sustained in India’s seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh, the all-rounder will miss India’s top-of-the-table clash with New Zealand.

Pandya is expected to rejoin the team ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against defending champions England on October 29 in Lucknow.

When the 30-year-old attempted to field a ball knocked back to him by Bangladesh opener Litton Das, he rolled an ankle and fell to the ground.

Pandya was forced off the field and did not return to the game after being taken to the hospital for scans.

India’s Virat Kohli took the ball and bowled out the over’s final three deliveries.

Pandya has been an important part of India’s bowling attack, taking five wickets in their first three World Cup matches.

The right-hander is also a dangerous middle-order batter, but he has only batted once in the tournament, for 11* against Australia.

India and New Zealand are the only undefeated teams remaining in the tournament, having made an early statement with four convincing victories.

Their match in Dharamsala on 22 October is one of the most anticipated of the group stage, with both teams vying for first place in the Cricket World Cup Standings.

 

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