India maintained control throughout their match against Pakistan in Colombo on Monday, as a series of quick wickets hampered Pakistan’s ambitious pursuit of a challenging target of 357. The batting side’s hopes primarily rested on Iftikhar Ahmed and Salman Agha Ali, who were tasked with forming a game-saving partnership.
However, an unfortunate incident occurred during Salman’s attempt to counter Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling. In the 21st over, the left-arm spinner Jadeja delivered a swift and low ball, prompting Salman to try a sweeping shot.
Unfortunately, Salman could only manage a top edge, causing the ball to rise sharply and strike him directly in the face. Significantly, Salman was not wearing a helmet, leaving him unprotected against the Kookaburra cricket ball.
Consequently, he suffered a cut on his left cheekbone, with blood immediately beginning to flow from his face. In a matter of moments, a swollen area had developed around his nose, prompting medical staff to rush onto the field to provide initial treatment.
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Despite the evident pain resulting from the injury, Salman bravely opted to continue battling on. Although he couldn’t make a substantial contribution to his team’s efforts, his determination earned praise from Twitter users.