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Richmond Mutumbami uncertain for rest of the series

Richmond Mutumbami, the Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman who has been ruled out of the second Twenty20 International against India at the Harare Sports Club on Monday because of an injury, is uncertain for the third and final match at the same venue on June 22.

Mutumbami was injured during victory in the first T20I on Saturday when a ball hit him on his right hip, resulting in a swelling. He immediately walked off the ground to the hospital. 

An x-ray ruled out fracture or dislocation, but he has been advised to use crutches while standing or walking in order to reduce the strain on his hips.

Mutumbami has so far represented Zimbabwe in six Tests, 31 One-Day Internationals and 14 T20Is, and his absence opens up an opportunity for Peter Moor, who sat out of the first game which the home team won by two runs.

While Malcolm Waller kept wickets during Zimbabwe’s two-run win, the management also have the option of handing over the responsibility to Moor, who has been deputising for Mutumbami in the recent past.

Meanwhile, Brian Chari continues to make steady progress after recovering from a knee injury, and will remain under observation before making a comeback.

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