Rising Pune Supergiants batsman Faf du Plessis has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL with a broken finger. Du Plessis tweeted the news on Thursday.
Du Plessis is Supergiants' second-highest run-scorer with 206 runs at an average of 34.33 in six matches. He scored consecutive fifties against Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab, both of which came in losing causes.
This is the second injury blow for the franchise, in their debut season, after England batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out earlier this week with a calf issue.
If the injury does keep du Plessis out of action for six weeks, as he tweeted, that also makes him doubtful for the start of South Africa's tri-series in the West Indies, which starts on June 3 and also includes the hosts and Australia.