Rising Pune Supergiants were dealt a telling blow as star batsman Faf du Plessis on Thursday announced that he is out of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League due to a fractured finger, which will take six weeks to heal.
 


He is the second big casualty for Pune Supergiants after former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was ruled out due to calf muscle injury.

Du Plessis is Supergiants' second-highest run-scorer with 206 runs at an average of 34.33 in six matches. He scored back-to-back 50's against Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab, both of which came in losing causes.

If Du Plessis is out of action for six weeks, he might also miss South Africa's tri-nation ODI series with West Indies and Australia.