On Sunday (23rd February), New Zealand cricket team has clarified about the injury status of their captain Kane Williamson.
At present, the hosts New Zealand are playing the first game of the two-match Test series against the visitors India at Basin Reserve (Wellington). On day two (22nd February) of this Test match, when Kane Williamson came to bat, he received a blow on the middle finger of his right hand while facing the first ball.
The tall Indian pacer Ishant Sharma welcomed the Kiwi captain with that delivery. It was a painful blow as the physio had to come out to check Kane Williamson. However, Williamson batted with that injury and scored the crucial 89 runs off 153 balls (11 fours) before losing his wicket on the same day.
No fracture, Kane Williamson is wearing a light protective guard
Kane Williamson underwent an x-ray ahead of the morning session of the day three of the ongoing Wellington Test. The team has latter confirmed that there was no fracture in the middle finger of his right hand. The New Zealand captain will continue the game by wearing a light protective guard.
An x-ray this morning has cleared BLACKCAPS captain Kane Williamson of any fracture to his right middle finger following a blow at the start of his innings yesterday. He will wear a light protective guard. #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/9s9gtiGf0s
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 22, 2020
The hosts New Zealand are controlling the game very well from the beginning of this match. After winning the toss, the hosts’ skipper Kane Williamson chose to bowl first. The Indian team were bundled out for 165 runs on the day two morning. Apart from the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (46) and opener Mayank Agarwal (34), no other Indian batsmen reached the 30-run mark in that innings.
In reply, New Zealand scored 348 runs in the first innings of this match and have taken the lead of 183 runs. Apart from Williamson’s 89 runs, opener Tom Blundell (30), Ross Taylor (44), Colin de Grandhomme (43), Test debutant Kyle Jamieson (44) and Tren Boult (38) also scored some crucial runs.
The Indian pacer Ishant Sharma (5/68) got five wickets in that New Zealand innings. Also, the off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/99) took three wickets.