NZ vs IND: Injured Guptill likely to be ruled out of fifth ODI

The 32-year-old opener aggravated his lower back while throwing a ball during a fielding practice session at the Basin Reserve on the eve of the match.

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is a doubtful starter for the fifth ODI.   -  Getty Images

A lower back injury to experienced New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has made him a doubtful starter for the fifth and final ODI against India here on Sunday.

The 32-year-old opener aggravated his lower back while throwing a ball during a fielding practice session at the Basin Reserve on the eve of the match.

Guptill looked in pain as he walked off the ground with the help of New Zealand physiotherapist Vijay Vallabh and security manager Terry Minish.

 

Colin Munro, who was left out of the fourth ODI after scores of 8, 31 and 7 in the first three ODIs, is set to return to the squad.

“Martin Guptill is in doubt for tomorrow’s fifth ODI against India after aggravating his lower back while fielding this afternoon,” NZC tweeted.

“He’s been assessed by team physio Vijay Vallabh & will be reassessed tomorrow morning. Colin Munro will rejoin the ODI squad tomorrow morning.”

Guptill, however, is expected to be fit in time for the first Twenty20 international in Wellington on Wednesday.

India has bagged the five-ODI series after winning the first three games. New Zealand won the fourth match by eight wickets to pull one back.