South Africa’s David Miller ruled out of Sri Lanka clash
South Africa have been hit with a massive injury blow as their experienced middle-order batsman is ruled out from the match against Sri Lanka for the injury he picked up during the match against Pakistan on Sunday in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
The left-handed batsman suffered from injury during fielding in their all-important match against Pakistan on June 23 at Lord’s. They lost the match by 49-run and officially lost the chances of qualifying for the semi-final stage.
After picking up the injury, Miller left the field and consulted with the physio. Then he came to bat when South Africa were trembling at 134/6. He looked in serious discomfort with his injury from the beginning of his innings. But he continued his batting before he got bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the 41th over. He scored 31 runs off 37 balls in the match.
All-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy will replace David Miller in their next match against the Lankans. Duminy had been out of the team for some times. He played against India on June 5 but after that he was dropped from the squad. And he didn’t able to make the playing XI in the next matches. But the injury of David Miller opened the door for him to end his career with some good show as he already announced his retirement from the 50-over cricket. He will retire after the ongoing World Cup.
However, it had been disappointing tournament for the “Killer Miller” as managed just 136 runs in 6 matches for South Africa. It had been frustrating tournament for the South Africa also as they were the first team who were knocked out from the ongoing World Cup.
South Africa will face Sri Lanka in their next match on June 28 at The Riverside Stadium in Chester-le-Street.