Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 4th ODI, Faisalabad January 29, 2008

Sprained left ankle rules out Mupariwa


Tawanda Mupariwa injured his left ankle during the fielding session and will be replaced by Christopher Mpofu for the fourth ODI attempting a catch during practice today© AFP
 
Tawanda Mupariwa, Zimbabwe's fast-medium bowler, will miss the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Faisalabad on Wednesday (January 30) after spraining his left ankle during a training session.

Mupariwa bagged a career-best 4 for 46 in the third ODI in Multan, his first outing of the series, including the wicket of Younis Khan off his first delivery. He fell over after stepping on the boundary rope while attempting a catch during practice today. Mupariwa was immediately put under the supervision of Amato Machikicho, the team's physio, with further checks scheduled for tomorrow.

Christopher Mpofu, dropped from the side after giving away 72 runs in his ten overs in the series opener, will replace Mupariwa. Zimbabwe have decided against making any other changes to the side that lost by 37 runs in Multan.

The tourists are already without Prosper Utseya, their captain, who failed to recover from the ankle injury he aggravated while batting in Hyderabad. Hamilton Masakadza will lead the side tomorrow with Utseya set to undergo an assessment just before the final ODI in Sheikhupura on Saturday.

Faras Ghani is an editorial assistant at Cricinfo