Malik was dismissed for 6 but did not come to field © AFP
Malik was dismissed for 6 but did not come to field © AFP

During Pakistan‘s fourth ODI against New Zealand, Shoaib Malik showed signs of delayed concussion after being hit in the head. Colin Munro’s throw back to the wicketkeeper hit Malik in the back of his head. Malik, who was batting without a helmet against the spinners, collapsed on the spot and after medical assistance, continued batting. He later showed signs of concussion after getting out for 6 off Kane Williamson’s delivery and did not come back to field.

“Shoaib was assessed by the match doctor and myself. He did not have any symptoms of a concussion and was able to carry on playing. After getting out, he was reassessed and was showing delayed concussion signs. He is doing well and is resting,” Pakistan’s physiotherapist VB Singh was quoted by EspnCricinfo as saying.

New Zealand went on to win the match by 5 wickets. Earlier, Fakhar Zaman (54), Haris Sohail (50), Mohammad Hafeez (81) and Sarfraz Ahmed (51) shone with the bat to put up 262 for 8 at the end of Pakistan’s innings. Tim Southee emerged as best New Zealand bowler with 3 for 44. Despite Shadab Khan emulating Southee with his 3 for 42, Munro (52), Henry Nichols (56) and Colin de Grandhomme took the hosts to victory with 4.1 overs still remaining.