Yuvraj to miss first warm-up match against New Zealand due to illness


In their penultimate warm-up to the eight-nation tournament, New Zealand were dismissed for a disappointing 189 in just 38.4 overs by India at the Oval, going on to lose the match under the Duckworth Lewis method by 45 runs.

The BCCI on Saturday confirmed that all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who is presently down with viral fever, will miss the game against the Black Caps at The Oval. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent multiple tests and was kept in observation for four to five hours, Cricbuzz understands.

There are no major health concerns and he is recuperating well, to the satisfaction of the medical team, the statement said.

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India is now in the United Kingdom to play the Champions Trophy.

The 36-year-old could only manage a top-score of 37 in that series but New Zealand tried him again against India and he would hit a quick 66 off 63 balls as the rest of the top-order faltered. Being the defending team, the pressure is further heightened for Virat Kohli's team.

The Men in Blue's schedule includes two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh while they begin their campaign against Pakistan on June 4 and will later play Sri Lanka and South Africa in the group stage matches. It's been nice to make a few runs and obviously you'd like to kick on and something like that, helping the team get off to a bit of a start makes a difference.