Feel free to DM us if you need a hand, Faf. Kimbers https://t.co/L1epyfzysM— British Airways (@British_Airways) September 21, 2019He doesn’t need a hand. He needs his bats to hold in his hands.— Tom (@tradertom14) September 21, 2019South Africa are currently trailing the three-match Twenty20 International series 1-0 against India. The first game in Dharamshala was washed out without a toss taking place due to rain while the second game of the series in Mohali witnessed a Virat Kohli special as he smashed 72 to become the leading run-getter in Twenty20 Internationals and help India take a 1-0 lead in the series. India would be bidding to win the series in Bangalore as they look to continue their dominance in the limited-overs format against the Proteas.Also Read | Kyle Abbott, Former South Africa Pacer, Takes 17 Wickets In Two Days In England County MatchThe three-match Test series will begin on October 2 at the ADA-VDCA stadium in Vizag followed by Tests at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune on October 10 followed by the third and final Test in Ranchi on October 19. South Africa had lost the previous series in India by a margin of 3-0 in the four-Test series in 2015. Also Read | IND vs RSA Highlights, 2nd T20I: Kohli 22nd Fifty Gives IND Win For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Faf du Plessis was rested for the three-match Twenty20 International series against India. Du Plessis, though, is in the Test squad and he has started his journey to India for the three-Test series which begin on October 2. However, his journey has been far from pleasant with the South Africa Test captain blasting British Airways for their poor service. In a series of Tweets, du Plessis stated, “Finally on a plane to Dubai after a 4 hour delay . Now I’m gonna miss my flight to India, next flight is only 10 hours later.” However, things got worse in Dubai when his cricketing kit went missing. The South Africa skipper could only be philosophical, “When life gives you lemons , make lemonade .My cricket bag hasn’t arrived. Actually can just smile about it but, wow @British_Airways today was one of my worst flying experiences where everything went wrong. Now just hoping I’ll have my bats back eventually.” British Airways responded that they were on hand to help the South Africa Test skipper but even that response was trolled, with many stating that he needed his bats to hold in his hands.Following the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, there were changes made in the South Africa cricket camp and Quinton de Kock was appointed as the new Twenty20 International skipper as they build up for the 2020 World T20 in Australia. Du Plessis had to endure a torrid time in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as South Africa failed to make the knock-outs and lost key games to India, Pakistan, New Zealand and England. However, they registered a win against Australia for the first time in 27 years.
In the first tennis match to ever be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network, the No. 34 Wisconsin men’s team could not secure a victory against No. 11 Illinois, losing 4-3.In its conference season opener, Wisconsin (10-5, 0-1) seemed to be on its way to an impressive win after claiming the doubles point and winning four first sets in singles.From there, however, the Badgers lost momentum and allowed the Illini to sneak right past them.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh expressed extreme displeasure with how his team finished the game after positioning themselves so favorably to win.“I’m just really disappointed,” he said. “We didn’t close out matches — just an unfortunate day. Hats off to [the Illini], they had a good match and they found ways to dig a little deeper today in the third sets and get the wins.”After again making it a point to cultivate the doubles teams in practice all week, Van Emburgh was impressed with his team’s performance in that regard.Junior Marek Michalicka and senior Moritz Baumann reunited to take on No. 68 Marek Czerwinski and Stephen Hoh in doubles. The Badger duo, ranked No. 11, marched through the game of fastballs and precise placement to win 8-4.On the neighborly court, seniors Luke Rassow-Kantor and Michael Dierberger traded blow after blow with Illinois’ Abe Souza and Connor Roth. In a game of smart, advantageous play, neither pair separated themselves by more than one point from their opponent. Down 7-6 against the Illini, Rassow-Kantor and Dierberger were able to rally by winning two consecutive sets to clinch the doubles point.“I thought they (Rassow-Kantor, Dierberger) played great in doubles,” Van Emburgh said. “Illinois is good in their doubles and they actually favor that point. We came out and played really well and we won that point today — I thought we did a great job in doubles.”Momentum didn’t fade during the short break between singles and doubles as four Badgers won their opening sets. Ranked No. 11 for a reason, however, Illinois was able to force an extra set in three of those matches. One of the quicker singles matches saw Michalicka stretch his singles winning streak to 11 consecutive.Michalicka showed tremendous hustle as he turned away Illinois’ top ranked player, No. 36 Dennis Nevolo in two sets, 6-2, 7-5.“I think that was probably the best match I have played all season,” Michalicka said. “I couldn’t even believe how I played.”Meanwhile, freshman Billy Bertha and Dierberger dropped their three-set matches while Rassow-Kantor was ousted in two.With Illinois in need of one more singles victory to secure the win, the weight of the match fell on the shoulders of Baumann and sophomore Patrick Pohlmann at the No. 2 and 3 positions.Baumann struggled to find rhythm against Illinois’ Marek Czerwinski. After Baumann prevailed in the first set, the two hardly allowed the other to score two times in a row until Czerwinski topped out and won the tiebreaker to force a third set. Baumann never recovered, losing the third 6-3.With the match already decided, Pohlmann remained intent on upsetting No. 77 Abe Souza.Driven to a third set tiebreaker, Pohlmann repeatedly made his emotions audible as spectators and teammates continued to cheer him on. Feeding off the noise, Pohlmann was able to outlast a small comeback from Souza and close up the win.“I was up two match points, I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t really close it,” he said. “But then at the end I found a way to tie six-all and then in the tiebreaker, it’s almost like a lottery, and in the end I was the more lucky guy.”Pohlmann gave credit for his win to the fact that he put his confidence on display for his opponent. Though he stated he was unable to watch the other matches, he suggested that perhaps a lack of exhibiting confidence may have been a factor in the team’s losing three out of four three-set matches.When asked if the loss would harm team confidence in later matches, Pohlmann was quick to reject the idea.“No, definitely not,” he said. “They’re a top-15 team, so we knew that it was going to be a tough match.”In the meantime, though, the team understands there still remains more to be built on in order to beat highly ranked teams like Illinois.“We need to get back to work,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got to, obviously, learn from this match and then put this match aside. We need to work, work it hard and keep believing in our team. We have a great team, and Illinois is a great team and they found ways to win today. That’s really the difference, so slight.”