Unlucky Amla Suffers Groin Strain

Hashim Amla (third right, green sun hat) picked up the injury while fielding against Sri Lanka
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Hashim Amla suffered a grade one left groin strain during South Africa's 17-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International in Colombo.

He had only just returned to the side following a neck injury but had to leave the field during Sri Lanka's innings and was unable to bat.

Replying to Sri Lanka's 223 for nine in a rain-affected match, South Africa closed on 104 for five and are now 2-0 down in the five-match series.

"Hashim jarred his left knee into the ground while fielding, after which he reported discomfort in the pelvic and groin region," South Africa's team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee confirmed.

"He was assessed to have a Grade 1 strain to the left groin muscle, which was confirmed by an MRI scan.
"Injuries of this nature usually take 3-7 days to recover,  but he will receive intensive treatment and rehab in the coming days to give him the best possible chance of being ready for the third or fourth ODI in Kandy this week."

Robin Peterson was employed as an emergency opener in Amla's absence but should he fail to recover in time for Friday's third match, another option is to recall Colin Ingram, who played in the first match when Amla was unavailable.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

20th July: 1st ODI, Colombo
SRI 320-5 beat RSA 140 by 180 runs
23rd July: 2nd ODI, Colombo
SRI 223-9 beat RSA 104-5 by 17 runs (D/L)
26th July: 3rd ODI, Pallekele
RSA 223-7 beat SRI 167 by 56 runs
28th July: 4th ODI, Pallekele
SRI 239-2 beat RSA 238 by 8 wickets
31st July: 5th ODI, Colombo
SRI 307-4 beat RSA 179 by 128 runs
2nd August: 1st T20I, Colombo
RSA 115-6 beat SRI 103-9 by 12 runs
4th August: 2nd T20I, Hambantota
RSA 145-6 beat SRI 123-7 by 22 runs
6th August: 3rd T20I, Hambantota
SRI 164-4 beat RSA 163-3 by 6 wickets