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Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq in World Cup injury scare

Imam-ul-Haq’s World Cup prospects were in the balance on Friday after the Pakistan batsman suffered a nasty-looking injury.

The 23-year-old left-handed opener had to retire hurt after he was struck a painful blow on the elbow by England fast bowler Mark Wood.

The incident took place in the fourth over of the penultimate match of the five-game one-day international series at Trent Bridge, when Imam missed an intended pull off an 89 mile-per-hour (143 kmph) delivery from the Durham paceman.

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Imam, fresh from his career-best 151 in the third ODI at Bristol on Tuesday, fell to the ground and winced on the turf in the agony.

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The nephew of Pakistan great and selection chief Inzamam-ul-Haq received several minutes’ treatment before retiring hurt on three not out, with the tourist then nine without loss.

A statement issued by Pakistan management said Imam had been taken to hospital for a precautionary X-ray, with a further update on his condition expected later on Friday.

World Cup host and tournament favourite England leads the five-match series 2-0.

Article source: https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/icc-cricket-world-cup/news/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-imam-ul-haq-injury-mark-wood/article27164492.ece

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