World Cup 2019: Pat Symcox slams lacklustre South Africa batting against India

first_img commentary scorecard advertisement World Cup 2019: Pat Symcox slams lacklustre South Africa batting against IndiaWorld Cup 2019: Indian bowlers delivered on their promise to stifle South Africa as the Proteas could only muster 227/9 in their 50 overs. India now need 228 to pocket 2 crucial World Cup points. graphscenter_img view more view less Indo-Asian News Service SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 19:20 IST Kagiso Rabada in action against India in Southampton. (Reuters Photo)Former South Africa off-spinner Pat Symcox came down heavily on the batters as they failed to put up a decent show against India in their World Cup fixture on Wednesday.Having decided to bat first, none of the Proteas batsmen could get going as Yuzvendra Chahal (4/51) and Jasprit Bumrah 2/35) wreaked havoc.”So the bowlers got injured and that was a real worry for SA. But if your batters don’t score enough runs it makes no difference who your bowlers are on flat pitches…you will lose to good teams,” Symcox tweeted.Before the India game, South Africa were jolted by the news of pace veteran Dale Steyn being ruled out of the tournament with Lungi Ngidi also injured for this tie.Symcox also criticised Rassie van der Dussen’s way of getting out as the batsman tried to reverse sweep Chahal and lost his stumps.”I have no words to describe that scoring option by vd Dussen. Understanding the risk at this stage speaks to so much else really. (sic)”South Africa managed 227/9 in 50 overs after Chris Morris top-scored with a counter attacking 42 and shared a 66-run stand with Kagiso Rabada who remained not out on 31.Also Read | India vs South Africa Innings Summary, World Cup 2019: Chahal, Bumrah shine on World Cup debutAlso Watch:For 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow South Africa vs IndiaFollow Pat SymcoxFollow Jasprit Bumrah No data available!last_img read more

UN envoy returns from TimorLeste to brief Annan as aid appeal launched

At the same time, UN agencies appealed urgently for $7.4 million to help the more than 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), a tenth of the total population, uprooted by the deadly violence that erupted after the dismissal in April of nearly 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces.Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the country, Sukehiro Hasegawa, today continued his shuttle diplomacy seeking to forge a dialogue for peace, travelling to the eastern District of Baucau to meet with military and civil leaders after visits earlier this week to western regions for talks with leaders of armed groups demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri.Mr. Annan’s briefing from Ian Martin, a seasoned Timor hand, will enable the Secretary-General to have “a good idea of what is actually going on the ground,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York, noting that it was up to the Security Council to take a decision on next steps.“We will obviously make some recommendations to the Council and those will be discussed during the week, but it’s fairly clear the UN will have to reconsider and probably increase its posture in Timor as we move ahead,” he said.At present an international force including Australia, Malaysia and Portugal, which ceded colonial control of Timor-Leste in 1974, are helping to restore order at the Government’s request. The UN presence has been drawn down since the original UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) was set up in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia.Once independence was attained 2002, that mission was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), which in turn was succeeded by the current residual UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). Mr. Martin, who was Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in East Timor, as the country was then called, in 1999, said on leaving Dili, the capital, at the end of a nine-day visit on Wednesday that virtually everybody he had spoken to believed there would now be a larger UN role. On the humanitarian front the UN refugee agency today appealed for $4.8 million to help tens of thousands of IDPs.“Security is still a major concern for the more than 65,000 or so displaced in Dili,” High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva. “We are now in the process of trying to ease congestion in the 40 or so makeshift encampments around Dili and improve living conditions.” Another 35,000 people are estimated to have sought refuge in the countryside. Mr. Redmond said that so far funds had been slow in arriving, with only $286,000 from Australia, $185,000 from private donors in Australia, and 50,000 euros from the Government of Germany.“We hope with the launch of the UN Flash Appeal shortly that donors will give generously,” he added, noting that at the moment UNHCR is providing emergency shelter, basic items and protection for up to 30,000 IDPs. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a $2.6-million appeal to cover its operations in Timor-Leste until the end of August. The IDPs include 32,000 children under the age of 15.For its part, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is helping to safeguard the health of an estimated 3,000 pregnant women left homeless by strife. With as many as five deliveries on any given day, ensuring timely transport of women in labour to the national hospital remains an urgent concern.UNFPA is supporting the Ministry of Health in establishing a place within the hospital to provide care for pregnant women and their families during the last two weeks of pregnancy and a week after delivery. The UNHCR and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are providing the needed logistical and nutritional support.“Timor-Leste has one of the highest birth rates in the world and faces many challenges in maternal and infant health in normal times,” UNFPA country representative Hernando Agudelo said. “During a crisis, we need to be even more vigilant to ensure that pregnant women receive adequate obstetric services.” read more