Ban vs SL 2nd Test


There’s more bad news for Bangladesh’s bowling attack, with Nayeem Hasan looking set to be ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka, in Dhaka, with a finger injury.
Offspinner Nayeem was seen with his right hand in a sling, and the injured finger in wraps, on the flight from Chattogram, where the first Test was played, to Dhaka on Friday. If he misses out, Nayeem will be the fourth frontline bowler to be sidelined from the two-Test series after injuries to Shoriful Islam, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taskin Ahmed; Mehidy and Taskin are missing the whole series.

“Nayeem has sustained a fracture in his middle finger of bowling hand and might take at least three weeks to get fully cured,” BCB physician Manzur Hosaain Chowdhury told the Dhaka-based Daily New Age. “But we will again assess him on Friday to know whether he will be able to play in the second Test or not.”

The second Test will start on Monday.

Nayeem took career-best figures of 6 for 105 in the first innings of the Chattogram Test as he made his return to the Test team after 15 months. The injury took place on the fourth day, when Nayeem couldn’t hold on to a return catch offered by Dimuth Karunaratne and his finger was jammed into the pitch. He still ended up bowling 23 overs in the Sri Lanka second innings as the match petered out into a draw.

Earlier in the same afternoon, quick bowler Kasun Rajitha, himself a concussion sub for Vishwa Fernando, struck Shoriful’s hand during the Bangladesh innings, and the left-arm quick did not take any further part in the match. He has already been ruled out of the Dhaka Test and, like Taskin, is unlikely to play in the West Indies Test series next month.


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