IPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MI

first_imgIPL 2019: AB de Villiers wants RCB batsmen to step up in home game vs MIIPL 2019: AB de Villiers also opined that bowlers are always going to find it tough in batting-friendly conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Royal Challengers Bangalore host Mumbai Indians at the venue on Thursday. advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 23:06 IST IPL 2019: AB de Villiers struggled to fire for RCB in their opener in Chennai on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe wicket at M Chinnaswamy Stadium is more often than not good for the batters: AB de VilliersAB de Villiers said RCB batsmen need to take more responsibility in their home game against MIRCB were bowled out for 70 in their IPL 2019 opener against Chennai Super Kings on SaturdayJasprit Bumrah may be one of the finest T20 bowlers going around but on a batting friendly track at the Chinnaswamy aided by short side boundaries, it ccouldput any bowler under pressure, feels AB de Villiers.Bumrah’s participation is doubtful due to his shoulder injury but RCB’s senior-most batsman said that even if MI fields their strike bowler, there are no guarantees of a sure shot result.”No one is perfect and yes Bumrah is a very good bowler but he is also not supposed to get it right all the time. Here the ground is not very huge and the wicket is more often than not good for the batters. For that matter, all the bowlers are under pressure here,” he told reporters on the eve of RCB’s first home encounter of the season against Mumbai Indians.Up to the batsmen to play a good game: De VilliersResponding to a dismal start to the IPL, De Villiers said the team need to play better cricket than the last game, especially the batsmen.”It is up to us batters to play a good game in the next match, assess the conditions well. Whichever wicket we are getting we need to play better cricket than the last game,” he said.RCB had a poor start to their IPL 2019 campaign after they were bowled out for a lowly 70 on a slow and turning track in Chennai.De Villiers said conditions were difficult but conceded his team should have still batted better than they did.advertisementDe Villiers said Bangalore did not have the luxury of having seamers and spinners that Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had at his disposal.”Dhoni had seamers but he also had spin back up. We did not have that luxury but I thought we had a fantastically balanced team that can play cricket on any wicket in the world. Obviously, looking back after the ball turned two meters, you want to play on a different wicket but no one was expecting it,” he said.Also Read | Chris Gayle’s body and energy don’t suggest he’s nearing 40: KL RahulAlso Read | Friends are making fun of me: KL Rahul on catch celebration vs RajasthanAlso Read | With World Cup in mind, KL Rahul promises to be more disciplined in IPL 2019Also See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow RCB vs MIFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow M Chinnaswamy StadiumFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow AB de VilliersFollow MS DhoniFollow Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

Hundreds of refugees returning to Libya to attempt boat passage to Europe

17 May 2011The United Nations refugee agency today reported that hundreds of people who had entered Tunisia after fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Libya have now returned intending to board boats and travel to Europe. Those who intend to make the passage to Europe include refugees who originally came from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and have been accommodated in camps at Shousha, near Tunisia’s border with Libya, according to Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency is holding discussions with those communities to raise awareness of the dangers at sea, as well as the risks they face when crossing the Libyan border, Ms. Fleming told reporters in Geneva. In March, UNHCR learned from the Somali community at Shousha camp that two Somalis were shot and killed in Libya after crossing the border from Tunisia. An estimated 14,000 people have arrived in Italy and Malta by boat from Libya. Some 1,669 of them arrived on Friday and Saturday. According to accounts received from those who survived the treacherous voyages and their families, more than 1,200 of those destined for Europe remain unaccounted for since 25 March. UNHCR representatives have met with refugees in Tripoli who are planning to make the journey and made them aware of the high death toll, but the refugees said they had nothing to lose. “One Eritrean man told us he would rather die trying to reach safety than continue to live in danger,” said Ms. Fleming. “Many have been living in Libya for several years, have faced periods of detention, and come from countries like Eritrea and Somalia where safe return is not a possibility,” she said. Based on discussions with people who have arrived in Italy, UNHCR believes that thousands more will attempt to make the journey by sea. The majority have made the voyage in boats that are overloaded with passengers and in a very poor state of repair. Often, there are no qualified crews to operate the boats. “UNHCR repeats its call to all vessels on the Mediterranean to consider all boats departing Libya to be in need of assistance, and likely to face a situation of distress at some point in the journey,” said Ms. Fleming. She said UNHCR would soon re-establish an international presence in western Libya, but in the interim, national staff and partners are running the agency’s projects to assist refugees and asylum-seekers. UNHCR has teams of staff interviewing asylum-seekers and refugees in Egypt and Tunisia to assess their status and, where possible, refer them for resettlement. “It is with great sadness that UNHCR has learned that people on track for resettlement following interviews last year in Libya lost their lives while trying to reach Europe recently. People in the middle of the resettlement process and vulnerable cases are prioritized in our interview schedule,” said Ms. Fleming. She said UNHCR estimates that 6,000 people will need resettlement from the border areas of Egypt and Tunisia in the coming months, as well as 2,000 others from Cairo. Thus far, 11 countries have offered more than 900 resettlement places. The United States has also offered a significant but unspecified number of resettlement places. Meanwhile, Panos Moumtzis, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, told journalists in Geneva that the situation in the Western Mountains region near Tunisia has worsened recently.“We have seen [in] the last couple of weeks a significant departure, movement of civilians, people fleeing,” he said.Mr. Moumtzis said a lack of fuel was having a snowball effect on many other aspects of daily life for Libyans.“We are also concerned that medical supplies were running low in hospitals. We were told that over 60 per cent of the expatriate personnel in hospitals had left the country, which meant that hospitals were primarily offering services for war-related casualties or medical needs.” read more

Ortega leaves KIF Kolding after 18 months

← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: Kielce conquer Plock once again! Next Story → 13 TITLES: HC Tatran Presov extend domination in Slovakia! Antonio Carlos Ortegakif kolding kobenhavn Antonio Carlos Ortega leaves KIF Kolding Kobenhavn after season and a half in Denmark. Spaniards, who came to the Danish giant at the beginning of 2016 as former coach of Telekom Veszprem with whom he played VELUX EHF Champions League Final 2015, couldn’t cope with financial problems in Kolding, influental for two seasons without trophy.If I knew that before, I would never come – said Ortega for Danish TV2.KIF Kolding Kobenhavn ended eight at the Danish Championship, without place at the Play-Off semi-final.With Ortega, all his signings will leave the team as Niko Mindegia, Konstantin Igropulo and Fabio Chiuffa, while Antonio Robledo Garcia did it before by signing for FC Barcelona Lassa in March.Ortega had contract with KIF Kolding until summer 2019.The Danish stars Kasper Hvidt and Lars Jørgensen will retire, while Bo Spelerberg contract can’t be extended as club is blacklisted by Danish Handball Federation. PHOTO: Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uroš Hočevar. read more