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Gayle likely to be fit for South Africa game, Duminy ruled out

South African all-rounder down with a left hamstring strain, while West Indian batsman should recover sufficiently from a similar injury

22 March 2016 19:06

Chris Gayle, who missed a large chunk of West Indies’ game against Sri Lanka in Bangalore on Sunday because of a left hamstring injury, is understood to have been passed fit to play the ICC World Twenty20 2016 Super 10 Group 1 game against South Africa on Friday (March 25) in Nagpur.

While that was good news for West Indies, South Africa was set back after JP Duminy was ruled out of the fixture, also because of a left hamstring injury. Duminy picked up the injury during South Africa’s match against Afghanistan on Sunday, and scans on Monday confirmed the extent of the injury.

“The scans, which were done yesterday, confirmed our clinical suspicion of a hamstring strain, which means that he will be ruled out of Friday’s game against the West Indies in Nagpur,” said Dr Mohammed Moosajee, the South Africa team manager.

“The plan is to try and get him ready for our last round-robin match against Sri Lanka in Delhi on Sunday. Our physiotherapist, Brandon Jackson, has already started with treatment and rehab and for now we will have to wait and see how he responds to the plan.”



Gayle, who started that game against Sri Lanka after West Indies opted to field, was out till the end of the 11th over of the Sri Lankan innings but then hobbled off because of what was later called a “twinge” by the West Indies team management.

As a result of being out of the field for a long stretch of time, he wasn’t allowed to bat at the start of the West Indian reply. Andre Fletcher led the way with an unbeaten 84 for a seven-wicket West Indian win, while Gayle, feeling better by then, waited groundside to walk in at the earliest possible opportunity, which never came.

He is likely get that chance against South Africa now.

“Overall, it has been a fantastic start so far; two from two, cannot ask for better. Hope to keep the momentum going. South Africa will be a tough task coming up as well. We just have to work within our strategy and try and overcome South Africa,” said Gayle about the Friday fixture.