World Cup 2019: South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi to be fit for Afghanistan clash

first_img Anita Jat SouthamptonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 22:21 IST South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi is to recover from injury for Afghanistan clash. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Lungi Ngidi should be fit to play against AfghanistanPacer Lungi Ngidi suffered a hamstring injury during the World Cup 2019 clash against BangladeshThe World Cup match between South Africa and West Indies was washed out on MondayAfter an unproductive World Cup day in Southampton on Monday as rain played spoilsport to abandon the match between South Africa and West Indies, the only good news was about Proteas pacer Lungi Ngidi’s fitness.South Africa captain Faf du Plessis informed Star Sports that Lungi Ngidi was recovering well from his injury and should show up in their next World Cup 2019 encounter against Afghanistan on June 15.The young fast bowler suffered a left hamstring injury during his team’s defeat against Bangladesh on June 2 to hobble out of the field after bowling only 4 overs. Following the injury, Ngidi missed the games against India and West Indies.Ngidi’s return to the side would be a big relief for South Africa as they are still in search of their 1st win at World Cup 2019 after playing 4 games. They opened their account on the points table only after the washed out game on Monday.”Lungi will be ready for the next match will be good to have him back,” Faf du Plessis said in a post match interview after the match was abandoned.Just 7.3 overs were bowled at Southampton after Jason Holder won the toss and opted to field first But before rain arrived, West Indies had the Proteas in early trouble as West Indian fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell’s 2 wickets reduced them to 29/2 in the 8th over.”These are the worst. Both teams wanted to play and get results but you can’t control the weather. For us it was important on a day like this to start not losing may wickets. It’s like Test cricket. But they did well to get two wickets. [Shortage] favours the team that bats second. But even saying that if you get 30-35 overs, on a big ground you can defend.”advertisement”We didn’t play our best cricket so far. We’ve got to beat Afghanistan [next game]”This was the second game in this World Cup that has been washed out, after the clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka had to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.Also Read | World Cup 2019: South Africa, West Indies share points after rain plays spoilsportAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Jos Buttler’s injury leaves England sweating ahead of West Indies clashAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow South Africa vs West Indies World Cup 2019: South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi to be fit for Afghanistan clashWorld Cup 2019: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said that pacer Lungi Ngidi, who has been troubled by a hamstring injury, should be fit to play in the side against Afghanistan on June 15.advertisementlast_img read more

China accused of engaging in economic blackmail in Sri Lanka

“I dont say there will be war but there will be constant conflict,” the former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief said. China is trying to strangle India by befriending its neighbours and attempting to make India friendless, he alleged.China has employed different means, including economic blackmail, to try to win over Indias neighbours, Narayanan said and noted that it had also employed such tactics with Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bangladesh.He said Pakistan was the “main kingpin” in Chinas designs in the region. These will change the balance of power to Indias disadvantage, Narayanan said, adding that the differences between the two countries were likely to deepen.“Finding common ground will not be easy, the differences may lead to unexpected consequences,” he said.Speaking at the same event, former Army chief General (retd) Shankar Roy Chowdhury was, however, optimistic that India would prove to be a match for Chinas military prowess. Narayanan said that Doklam was not a one off incident and “Chinas nibbling tactics will continue”.“There is no end, China will bring it back again and again,” the former NSA said. Narayanan, while speaking at the international symposium Indo-China relations — Resolving Contentious Issues in Kolkata, said the Chinese are peeved over Indias support to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, apart from differences over economic and border issues. “Chinas taking over of Hambantota port in Sri Lanka, Gwadar port in Pakistan and setting up of a naval base in Djibouti (in Africa) and intent to increase such presence will only lead to worsening of relations between the two Asian giants,” he asserted. China has been accused of engaging in “economic blackmail” in Sri Lanka to win the support of Sri Lanka.Former Indian National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that differences between India and China are likely to deepen and the Doklam standoff was not a one off incident. “We have travelled a long way since 1962. Most of the issues with China are due to diminished self-perception. We are actually bigger than we think we are.“Doklam was expression of Indias self-confidence. It started with a havildar telling a junior commissioned officer on the other side that this is not 1962. It took the havildar to tell we are not in 1962,” the former Army chief said.Stating that much is being made of the Chinese threat in the Indian Ocean, he asserted that India is strategically better placed there than China.“The Indian Peninsula provides us with the worlds largest natural aircraft carrier which is unsinkable and looks over the Chinese oil supply lines from the Middle-East, apart from Andaman and Nicobar Islands placed like a dagger on the throat of the strategic shipping routes of China in the Indian Ocean,” Roy Chowdhury said.The two-day symposium has been organised by the Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies, a Kolkata-based think-tank. (Colombo Gazette) read more