Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has been ruled out of his team's next group B game, against Ireland on March 7, because of a grade three tear to the quadriceps muscle in his left leg. Chigumbura had suffered the injury while fielding in Zimbabwe's previous game, against Pakistan in Brisbane on Sunday.

"The physiotherapist is working hard to try to get him [Chigumbura] ready hopefully for the India match [on March 14]," Zimbabwe team manager Christian Chiketa said.

Chigumbura was chasing a ball Misbah-ul-Haq had struck past him at mid-off, but tripped while attempting a dive and landed heavily on his left knee. A stretcher was brought out, but Chigumbura was able to walk off the field with the help of a couple of the Zimbabwe staff.

He did not return to the field but batted one position lower than usual, at No.8, and spent an hour at the crease. Chigumbura began his innings limping, but was running singles by the end.

Zimbabwe are presently in the bottom half of group B, having won only one of their four games so far.