West Indies suffer Gayle injury scare

Injuries continued to haunt the West Indies in the ongoing World Cup with explosive batsman Chris Gayle becoming the latest casualty after he missed their crucial group B match against Ireland with an abdominal strain.

Gayle, 31, has struggled with the injury ever since the team landed in Mohali on Sunday but he is likely to be fit in time for the game against England on March 17.

Gayle had also been ill (sore throat) at the start of the game against Bangladesh in Dhaka but showed little signs of discomfort in making 37 off 36 balls as his team completed a nine-wicket victory over the tournament co-hosts.

The West Indies are already a depleted side in the tournament, having lost three key players - Adrian Barath, wicket—keeper Carlton Baugh and inspirational vice—captain Dwayne Bravo - to injuries.

Despite missing some of their first-choice players, the West Indies beat the Netherlands and Bangladesh after a seven-wicket defeat to South Africa.

West Indies, currently placed third in Group B, will play their last league game against India on March 20 in Chennai.

From the onset, injuries have taken a toll in the game’s show piece event with as many as 14 players being already replaced in the tournament, the last being English batsman Kevin Pietersen.

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