WC 2003 - Jayasuriyas WC hopes alive, X-rays reveal no fracture
Published: Saturday, March 8, 2003, 2:46 [IST]
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Jayasuriya injured by Lee delivery, in danger of WC exit
Centurion: Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya kept his World Cup hopes alive after an injury to the left forearm did not reveal a fracture, officials said on Friday.The left-hander was rushed to hospital when he was hit on the arm by a 150kmh delivery from Australian fast bowler Brett Lee in the opening match of the Super Sixes.Jayasuriya was in considerable agony as he retired hurt for one and was taken off the field and into a waiting ambulance at the SuperSport Park by team physiotherapist Alex Kontouri.X-rays at the hospital ruled out a fracture, but Jayasuriya suffered bruises on the forearm and a chip in the thumb and will not bat again in the Australia match."It will take at least 48 hours to decide if he can play in the next match," Kontouri said. "But he is not out of the tournament." Team manager Ajit Jayasekera added, "He has a badly bruised left forearm."A few balls before he was struck on the forearm, Jayasuriya was hit on the left thumb and the x-ray revealed a slight chip."Sri Lanka plays India next at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Monday. Its last Super Six game is against Zimbabwe at East London next Saturday.