Monday 22 January 2018

Zaheer injury worry for India

Rory Dollard

India suffered a potentially crushing blow on a rain-shortened first day of the first Test against England at Lord's, with star bowler Zaheer Khan's participation in the match in serious doubt.

The spearhead of the touring attack bowled beautifully in the historic 2,000th Test, giving away nothing and taking both wickets as the hosts moved to 127-2 before heavy rain brought an end to proceedings after 49.2 overs.

But Zaheer left the pitch midway through his 14th over, nursing an apparent hamstring strain and did not re-emerge.

Zaheer removed both England openers but Jonathan Trott survived two chances to reach 58 not out alongside Kevin Pietersen, who looked out of touch but survived to make 22 not out.

England opted to retain the services of Stuart Broad for the match, preferring him to Tim Bresnan, who headed back to Yorkshire, while India selected Suresh Raina in place of Yuvraj Singh.

That call could yet haunt India if Zaheer is ruled out, with Yuvraj's left-arm spin an option they could end up missing.

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Irish Independent

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