New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan suffered a nasty blow on the eye while batting during the first ODI against Pakistan on Monday.
McClenaghan 29 was at the crease during the New Zealand innings when he was struck by a rising delivery bowled by Pakistan medium-pacer, Anwar Ali. The Black Caps’ player attempted to play the hook shot but missed it and the ball crashed through the grille of his helmet before hitting him on the left eye.
The left-handed batsman immediately fell to the ground and was attended by the Pakistan players and New Zealand medical staff before being taken to nearby hospital for further treatment.
The impact was so powerful that the ball broke part of the batsman’s helmet and wedged behind the grille. Fortunately, for McClenaghan, it was a slower bouncer registering just 113 kmph on the speedometer.
Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys! pic.twitter.com/S9A2pZqETa
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 25, 2016
Despite the severe blow, the fast bowler was able to walk off the ground on his own the fans at Basin Reserve started cheering for him.
Before McClenaghan got hit on the eye, he played an 18 ball 31 run innings that took his side to a competitive 280 for 8 in 50 overs. He didn’t come on the field and in place, Adam Milne took the field.
The Kiwis were reeling at 99 for 6 before crucial knocks from Henry Nicholls and Mithcell Santner and Matt Henry and MaClenaghan helped them through to 280.
His effort has not I vain as New Zealand eventually beat Pakistan by 70 runs.
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