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We are here to play in traditional South African way: Van der Dussen

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Vice-captain Rassie van der Dussen on Saturday said they are here to compete in the “traditional South African way” even though the team currently touring India lacks the firepower of the previous visiting outfits.


The Proteas lost the second T20 International by seven wickets after the series opener was washed out.


The new-look team will have a chance to draw level in the third and final game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday, which will be followed by a three-match Test series.


“We got a young squad now but we came here to compete in the traditional South African way, try hard, play hard,” Van der Dussen told reporters on the eve of the game.


“We have got young guys in the squad and we are not going to stand back for anyone. That’s the emphasis, results go your way or not, that’s sometimes you are not sure what’s going to happen. We knew it’s going to be tough, India is one of the strongest team in the world, and we know we are embracing their challenge.”

One of South Africa’s rare success stories from the ODI World Cup in England, van der Dussen said some of his teammates’ experience of playing here in the last Test tour will help the visitors in the upcoming engagements.


“The last Test tour did not go well but the guys who were here have learnt a lot of lessons and we definitely are better prepared this time,” he said.


He was asked about his team’s challenge of bowling to India’s top three comprising skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, and he admitted that the task is very difficult.


“They are probably three of the best T20 batters in the world and the world has ever seen. Virat and Rohit are the two leading run scorers at the moment in international T20 cricket.


“It’s a great challenge for young bowlers coming here and bowling to these guys. But like I said, we know what the challenge is. If we want to get a win, we have to nullify this kind of players.”

He said the team is missing the services of longs-serving leg-spinner Imran Tahir.


“Imran Tahir is obviously massive for us. He has been so good, he has retired from one-day cricket so he is going to focus on T20 cricket, and we know he is a big weapon for us.


“The challenge for other bowlers is that we don’t have the luxury of a guy like that, who can come in and bowl four overs for 20, and maybe take one or two wickets.”

Van der Dussen scored 311 runs in the World Cup and showed composure in the face of constant criticism the team attracted for its poor showing.


“It’s been an unbelievable 12 to 14 months for me. The challenge for me going forward would be to maintain the form that I have had and keep improving as a player and winning games for the team. That’s something I pride myself in.”

Asked about the team’s targets in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup, he said the challenge is to learn the lessons quickly.


“We have a young team. Guys are absolving and learning everything quickly. We have got some 18 more games leading to the T20 World Cup next year. The challenge for us is to learn those lessons very quickly and make sure in some years time, we are one of the top sides of the world.



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Pro Kabaddi 2019, Semifinal 2: All you need to know about Bengal Warriors

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Bengal Warriors will be coming into the semifinal 2 of Pro Kabaddi after a rest of six days and will be rearing to face U Mumba at Eka Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. U Mumba are on a five match unbeaten streak and entered semifinal after a comfortable win over Haryana Steelers in Eliminator 1.




PKL 2019: Bengal Warriors record

Win: 14

Lost: 5

Tie: 3




Best Raider – Maninder Singh

Maninder Singh is among the 5 raiders to score 200-plus raid points and one of the four raiders to average above 10 raid points this season. Maninder’s Do or Die raid strike rate of 80 is the second best among raiders, who have gone for a minimum of 20 D-o-D raids. However, Bengal Warriors are not entirely dependent on Maninder as the support raiders in Prapanjan, Nabibakhsh and Sukesh Hegde have contributed 47 per cent, while Maninder’s contribution was 43 per cent of team’s raid points.




Best Defender – Baldev Singh

Baldev Singh is on the verge of reaching 100 overall points in his second Pro Kabaddi League season. His average of 2.59 tackle points is already much better than his 1.33 tackle point average in Season 6. Sitting second in the list of most High 5s (6) in the season, Baldev could prove to be a big threat to U Mumba’s raiding unit – Abhishek Singh and Arjun Deshwal.


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Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live score: Delhi take on Bengaluru in semifinal 1 today

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In today’s Pro Kabaddi 2019 match, the semifinal 1 will be played between Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls at the Eka Arena TranStadia, Ahmedabad. In semifinal 2, Bengal Warriors will lock horns with U Mumba at same venue. The Delhi vs Bengaluru kabaddi match will begin at 7:30 pm IST.
 

Pro Kabaddi 2019 playoffs, Semifinal 2: U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors live streaming details

The U Mumba vs Bengal Warriors kabaddi match will begin at 8:30 pm IST after the first match ends. Kabaddi fans can catch Pro Kabaddi 2019 live action on Star Sports 1 and 2 and Star Sports 1 and 2 HD with English commentary, and on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also live stream kabaddi matches on Hotstar.

 
Stay tuned for Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba and Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live match score here.

Relive UP Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls Eliminator 1 match. Watch the highlights

 

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: All you need to know about U Mumba ahead of semi-final 2

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In the semifinal 2 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, U Mumba will lock horns with Bengal Warriors at EKA Arena by TransStadia, Ahmedabad, on Wednesday. U Mumba had a shaky start of their PKL 2019 campaign but they managed to enter the playoffs with some brilliant defending skills of their corners – Sandeep Narwal and Fazel Atrachali. They entered in the playoffs with a four match unbeaten streak and continued their superb form in the Eliminators. They thrashed UP Yoddha 46-38.




PKL 2019: U Mumba record

Win: 13

Lost: 8

Tie: 2




Best Raider: Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh has emerged as a lead raider for U Mumba, scoring 16 raid points in the Eliminator and completed 150 raid points this season. He has scored nine Super 10s, including three Super raids at an average of 7.55. Abhishek was ably supported by a young raider Arjun Deshwal, who scored 15 raid points in the Eliminator 2 against Haryana Steelers.


Best defender: Fazel Atrachali

U Mumba skipper Fazel Atrachali has six tackle points against Bengal with just three unsuccessful tackles. In contrast, Surinder Singh has 10 unsuccessful tackles and just four tackle points (tackle strike rate 29). Sandeep Narwal hasn’t been able to establish himself against Bengal. Fazel Atrachali is at the top of the PKL 2019 defenders leaderboard with 81 tackle points in 23 matches.


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