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Asia Cup 2018: Hardik Pandya injures himself against Pakistan

India are currently playing Pakistan in their second Group A match against Pakistan and Rohit Sharma and co. were off to a great start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed both the Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman early in the innings.

Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam did the repair work as they pulled things back by putting together 83 runs for the third wicket before Babar was castled by a beauty of a delivery from Kuldeep Yadav.

Amidst all this, India suffered a major setback as their all-rounder Hardik Pandya injured himself during the match and was carried off the field. While bowling the fifth ball of the 18th over, Hardik slipped in his run-up and was in serious discomfort. He was looked after by the Indian physio Patrick Farhart immediately and was wrenching in pain.

Soon after, things looked hopeless for Hardik and the medical team brought on a stretcher to carry the all-rounder back to the pavilion. It looked bad when he was carried off the pitch as it was expected that he had suffered a serious injury to his back and his further participation in the tournament could be under serious threat.

But, BCCI confirmed that Hardik has been suffering from an acute lower back injury and is back on his own feet in the dressing room. The update also stated that the medical team is looking after him at the moment.

His fifth over was completed by Ambati Rayudu, who bowled the last ball and was substituted by Manish Pandey, who took a fantastic catch at long-on to dismiss Sarfaraz. There is no update about Pandya's participation in the match yet and if he doesn't take any further part in the ongoing match, it could hurt the Indian team as they will have to rely on Kedar Jadhav to finish off his quota and will be missing the services of an extra batsman down the order.

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