Hospital clears Mushfiqur after head blow

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has been cleared of any serious injury after he was felled by a bouncer on the final morning of the first Test in Wellington on Monday.

Mishfiqur Rahim ambulance, head blow, Tim Southee bouncer

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim being stretchered off to an ambulance after being hit on the head by a Tim Southee bouncer.   -  AFP

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has been cleared of any serious injury after he was felled by a bouncer on the final morning of the first Test in Wellington on Monday.

A team spokesman said Mushfiqur had an X-ray in hospital and there was no evidence of significant harm from the Tim Southee delivery.

There had been anxious moments as Mushiqur lay prone on the pitch for several minutes after sustaining a blow to the back of the head.

He was tended to by medical staff from both teams before an ambulance arrived in the middle and he was taken him to hospital.

With Mushfiqur unable to continue having reached 13, the Bangladesh second innings ended at 160-9 leaving New Zealand a 217-run target to win.

Short-pitched deliveries have been a feature of the Test with New Zealand batsman Mitchell Santner taking a fierce blow to the head from Taskin Ahmed in the first innings while Neil Wagner was hit three times by Kamrul Islam drawing blood from his chin.