September 22 (Reuters) – Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh was forced off the pitch with a potentially serious ankle injury as Sunrisers Hyderabad lost their opener of the Indian Premier League to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Monday.
Marsh, who helped Australia win a day in an international series against world champions England earlier this month, turned his right ankle as he tried to stop a training session from compatriot Aaron Finch after having played his second delivery.
The 28-year-old managed two more balls before limping from the field, although he managed to face a delivery with the stick at No.10 as Hyderabad struggled to avoid the 10-point loss alongside Virat Kohli.
“It doesn’t sound great,” captain and international teammate David Warner said in a television interview.
“Lots of courage on his part to go out and do his best, but it was unfortunate tonight.
“He needs to have an x-ray, I hope that’s not too bad. Obviously what you saw there was pretty painful he can’t put any weight on it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
This year’s IPL, which was originally scheduled to start in March in India, is being held in the United Arab Emirates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marsh is said to have been hoping for a good series of matches in Dubai before returning to Australia to try and fight his way into the competition for the highly anticipated home test series against India.