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Mitchell McClenaghan to miss Napier ODI

Mitchell McClenaghan to miss Napier ODI
Mitchell McClenaghan scored a 18-ball 31 before retiring hurt.
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New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan will miss the second One-Day International against Pakistan in Napier after being struck above the eye in the first game in Wellington on Monday.

ESPNcricinfo reported that McClenaghan suffered a hairline fracture due to the blow and is set to undergo a minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Friday.

In the final over of the New Zealand innings in the first ODI, McClenaghan attempted to pull a bouncer from Anwar Ali but the ball sneaked through the helmet grille and struck him above the left eye.

McClenaghan immediately fell to the ground and needed attention from the Physio, but was eventually able to get up and walked off the ground with one ball left in the innings.

The 29-year-old played a crucial hand in New Zealand's 70-run victory in Wellington by scoring 31 off 18 balls and sharing a 73-run stand with Matt Henry which pushed the team score to 280.

However, McClenaghan was unable to bowl in the second half of the game as he required stitches and had to be taken to a hospital for further evaluations.

After the completion of the game, the left arm seamer tweeted about his condition.

Having taken a 1-0 lead with the win in the first game, New Zealand will look to seal the series on 28th January in Napier when the face Pakistan for the second ODI.

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