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Shai Hope's game cut short by blow to helmet

15 Dec 2018, 04:42 GMT+10

12:46 PM ET

Shai Hope and Kemar Roach were ruled out of the third ODI against Bangladesh in Sylhet mid-way through the game. Both were put under observation after they were injured on the field during the match.

Hope was hit on the helmet with the ball deflecting off his bat as he tried to pull the first ball of the 50th over. It initially appeared to have not been much of a blow as he only called for the physio after facing two more Mohammad Saifuddin deliveries. He continued batting and remained unbeaten on 108 at the end of the innings but didn't come out to field. In his absence, Shimron Hetmyer assumed the wicketkeeping duties.

Roach, meanwhile, bowled only three overs in the Bangladesh innings before walking off holding his right hamstring. Roach's hamstring spasms are being monitored by the team physio. Roach is not part of the West Indies T20I side and will be returning home after the third ODI. Hope is, however, part of the T20I squad. The series begins in Sylhet on December 17.

"Kemar Roach is not in the T20 squad, so he gets time to heal," captain Rovman Powell said after the match. "His foot is a little bit sore. Shai Hope is a little bit dizzy from the ball that he got struck in the head. Hopefully, overnight into tomorrow he can recover. He will be a vital part of the T20s."

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