The inaugural season of Major League Cricket (MLC) in the United States is set to begin on Thursday (June 13). The opening match will feature the Texas Super Kings (TSK), co-owned by the Chennai Super Kings, taking on the Los Angeles Knight Riders (LAKR), owned by Knight Riders Group. The match will take place at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas and is scheduled to start at 6:00 AM IST (Jul 14), 12:30 AM GMT (Jul 14), 07:30 PM LOCAL (July 13).
The TSK have assembled a strong squad for the inaugural MLC 2023. Led by South African cricketer Faf du Plessis as the captain, their batting lineup will be anchored by Du Plessis himself and Devon Conway of New Zealand. The middle order will consist of domestic players like Saiteja Mukkamalla, Sami Aslam and Milind Kumar. The bowling attack boasts experienced campaigners such as Dwayne Bravo, Rusty Theron and Daniel Sams.
On the other hand, the LAKR have also built a formidable roster with T20 superstars. Their batting lineup features players like Unmukt Chand, Jason Roy and Riley Rossouw as their key batters. The bowling attack will be led by the trio of Sunil Narine, Adam Zampa and Lockie Ferguson.
Both teams have put together strong squads with a mix of international and domestic talent, making the inaugural season of MLC highly anticipated. The match between the TSK and the LAKR promises to be an exciting start to the tournament.
The surface at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas could be expected to be a batter-friendly surface. With equal assistance to both the pacers and the spinners on the bowling side. Opting to bowl first and aiming to chase the target down could prove to be a wise decision, considering no fixtures have been taken place here yet. Any score above 170 on such a surface could be ideal.
Texas Super Kings (TSK):
Faf Du Plessis (c), Devon Conway (wk), Saiteja Mukkamalla, Sami Aslam, Milind Kumar, David Miller, Mitchell Santner, Daniel Sams, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Rusty Theron.
Los Angeles Knight Riders (LAKR):
Unmukt Chand, Jason Roy, Riley Rossouw, Shadley Claude van Schalkwyk, Jaskaran Malhotra (wk), Gajanand Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (c), Adam Zampa, Lockie Ferguson, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan.
Wicketkeepers: Devon Conway
Batters: Faf du plessis (c), Jason Roy, Riley Rossouw, David Miller, Unmukt Chand
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (vc)
Bowlers: Adam Zampa, Lockie Ferguson, Imran Tahir
- TSK wins the toss bowls first
- Powerplay score: 40-50
- LAKR total: 160-170
- LAKR wins the toss bowls first
- Powerplay score: 60-70
- TSK total: 180-190
Team bowling first to win the contest.