Bhatkal: Noted Bhatkal businessman and philanthropist Syed Abdullah Lanka passed away at the age of 85 in the wee hours of Wednesday here in a private hospital in Bhatkal.

An executive member and patron of Idara Tarbiat-e-Ikhwan, one of the leading educational organisation of Bhatkal, Syed Abdullah Lanka was known for his generosity especially in distributing academic scholarships the needy and deserving students.

“In order to encourage school management, students and the staff of Shams English Medium School ahead of SSLC exams, he used to generously announce prizes to the school, students and teachers on achieving certain results. These used to encourage us to score better in our exams. This prizes included scholarships for students and cash prizes for school and teacher” one of the student of Shams School recalled on hearing the news of Syed Abdullah Lanka’s demise.

He has also served as the President of Islamic Welfare Society, Bhatkal and President of 'Nawayath Mehfil' an organisation that is working towards the securing Nawayath culture, heritage and literature.

Abdullah was suffering from pro-longed illness and remained out of public events and appearances for the last few years owing to his health conditions. He passed away in a private hospital in Bhatkal where he was admitted earlier this week owing to his deteriorating health.

He is survived by his wife, four sons and three daughters. The funeral prayers are expected to be held at Tanzeem Millia Masjid on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ranchi, Oct 18: Having lost nine successive tosses in Asia, an exasperated South Africa captain Faf du Plessis won't mind sending "someone else" in his place for the toss of the coin in the third and final Test against India, beginning here Saturday.

South Africa have struggled in Indian conditions and not winning the toss in the first two Tests has only made things tougher for them. Opting to bat in Visakhapatnam and Pune, India put up 500-plus totals to virtually bat the visitors out of the game.

"We really want to make sure that we compete with this team in their own conditions. We have done it in stages in the first Test. So, hoping that we can start with the toss tomorrow.

"Probably we will change... send someone else to the toss tomorrow. I can give you that... because my records so far has not been great," said du Plessis, in a lighter vein, on the eve of the game.

Du Plesiss said "anything is possible" if his side get to bat first.

"If you put big runs in the first innings, that's where it need to stop. Then anything from there is possible. Hopefully that will unfold in the next couple of days and hopefully we can put some runs on.

"The pitch looks a little bit drier and crustier so first innings runs will be vital and then anything from there is possible in the second innings," the South African skipper added.