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World Cup 2019: South Africa are satisfied with bowling effort, says Ngidi

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first_img graphs Press Trust of India LondonMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 15:18 IST Lungi Ngigi was pleased with South Africa’s bowling effort despite the loss against England (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland rose to victory over South Africa by 104 runs in the first World Cup 2019 matchEngland set a target of 312 runs, but South Africa collapsed for 207South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi finished with a figure of 3/66Handed a massive defeat in their World Cup opener, South African pacer Lungi Ngidi said the team was satisfied with their bowling effort as they managed to restrict England to what he feels was a “below-par” total.South Africa were thrashed by 104 runs by hosts England in the opening match of the ICC World Cup, which began at The Oval on Thursday.Opting to field first, the South African bowlers did well to restrict the powerful English batting line-up to 311 for eight but were later shot out for 207.”We believed we could have kept them to under 300. Even when they got to 311, I thought they were below-par,” Ngidi said after the defeat.Ngidi, who was hit for 27 runs in his first four overs, said initially he was bothered by the thought of preventing England from scoring 350.”I was very disappointed with my bowling performance upfront. I might have been overthinking it. All the talk was how they post totals of 350 so maybe that was at the back of my mind,” he said.However, the 23-year-old soon found his bearings, adjusting his pace according to the wicket.”There were a few opportunities in the Powerplay, where they nicked it through the slips and I started to think, ‘These people are humans, just like me’. I kicked into my rhythm from there.””I listened to what the wicket was telling me. Slower balls were working so I stuck to that. Even though they were trying to come after me, they couldn’t seem to get it away,” Ngidi said.advertisementNgidi finished with figures of 3/66 and took the crucial wickets of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali.”I was happy to take three sticks but would have preferred two up front,” he said.Despite restricting England to a gettable total, South Africa realised they had a mountain to climb after two early wickets.Veteran opener Hashim Amla retiring hut in just the second delivery after being hit on the head too made life difficult for South Africa.”We realised it was not an easy wicket to bat on, having bowled all those slower balls at the back end. And they kept us on the back foot. They kept throwing punches at us,” Ngidi said.”Hashim retired early which was unfortunate for us. When he came back on, batting with the all-rounders and the tail, he was probably less effective than he would have been up front.”Putting the loss behind, South Africa still have their eyes firmly set on the semi-final spot. They will take on Bangladesh in their next game here on Sunday.”Every game is important. Everyone had hyped up their first game to the point where you started feeling as if it was the final already but we didn’t let that get to us. We know what we need to do in order to get to the semi-finals,” Ngidi said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli bowls off-spin at nets, Team India has fun fielding sessionAlso Read | World Cup 2019: The more you see, the more you like it – Ben Stokes catch leaves cricket world in aweAlso 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow South Africa vs EnglandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Lungi Ngidi No data available! view more view less commentarycenter_img scorecard World Cup 2019: South Africa are satisfied with bowling effort, says NgidiAfter losing their World Cup opener game to England, South African pacer Lungi Ngidi said the team was satisfied with their bowling effort and thought that they could beat the English giants as they were ‘below par’ advertisementlast_img read more

SecretaryGeneral calls chemical weapons memorial a symbol of suffering and hope

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“The memorial you unveil today is a symbol of suffering and hope,” Mr. Ban said in a video message to the unveiling ceremony in the Dutch city. “With it, we remember the unspeakable horror endured by victims of chemical weapons. And we vow that their pain will never be forgotten by present and future generations.”The memorial, designed by the Dutch sculptor Voebe de Gruyter, consists of a maple tree situated among dunes outside the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).The tree carries a solar panel array that will be used as a power source for a webcam, with the live video captured by that webcam to be displayed on the memorial’s website. Granite paving around the tree will feature a poem dedicated to victims of chemical weapons.The ceremony also marks the 10th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention entering into force, and the pact now has 182 States Parties covering 98 per cent of the world’s population.“I call on those States that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Convention to do so without delay,” Mr. Ban said. “And I call on all possessor States to complete the destruction of their declared stockpiles according to the deadlines.”The ceremony in The Hague was attended by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, OPCW Director-General Rogelio Pfirter, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen and representatives of OPCW Member States, international organizations, the chemical industry and civil society. 9 May 2007Marking the unveiling of a permanent memorial in The Hague to victims of chemical weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to redouble the efforts of the world body to achieve universal membership of the Chemical Weapons Convention. read more

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