England opening batsman Alex Hales will undergo an X-ray on Friday, after he suffered an injury on his suspected broken little finger during the second ODI against India in Cuttack. The results of the report would, however, determine his participation in the upcoming Kolkata ODI and the T20I series.
Hales, who injured his little finger while fielding, scares his tour might be cut-short, putting more pressure on the England team, who have already lost the three-match series two nil.
The incident happened in the 44th over, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni whacked a short ball to deep-square leg area off Chris Woakes, which was stopped from going for a boundary by an excellent effort from Alex Hales. He landed awkwardly on his finger and appeared to be in some pain. However, during his stint of 14 runs on the crease, he didn’t seem uncomfortable.
England lost the close encounter against India on Thursday, having scored 366 runs for eight, 15 runs short of attaining a huge target of 382. Captain Eoin Morgan was the lone centurion for visitors, as Jason Roy and Joe Root, both plugged half centuries early on. However, his gritty knock of 102 nearly got England close to the winning line, but couldn’t cross it, after he was run-out in the penultimate over by Jasprit Bumrah.
For India, it was Yuvraj Singh, who scored his career best score of 150 runs was well assisted by Dhoni, who completed his 10th ODI century. The left-handed batsman was later adjudged Man-of-the-Match.