The much-anticipated Major League Cricket (MLC) commenced on July 14 with a thrilling clash between Texas Super Kings (TSK) and Los Angeles Knight Riders (LAKR) at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas. The same venue is now set to host match no. 2 of the tournament between two star-studded teams: MI New York (MINY) and San Francisco Unicorns (SFU). The match will begin at 2:00 am IST (July 15)/ 08:30 pm GMT (July 15)/ 03:30 pm local time (July 14).
Speaking of the squads of the two teams, the MINY have availed the services of many prominent players, including Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Marcus Stoinis etc. On the other hand, SFU also features the likes of Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Behrendorff in their star-studded squad. Pollard will captain the New York-based side in the tournament, whereas Finch has been appointed the captain of the San Francisco.
With many star players in their squads, both MINY and SFU will look to start their campaign with a win.
The playing field at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas is likely to favour the batters while providing a fair advantage to both fast bowlers and spinners. An ideal score on this type of pitch would be anything above 170. Although the previous match at this venue was won by the team batting first, the team winning the toss would look to chase.
MI New York: Steven Taylor, Dewald Brevis, Hammad Azam, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Tim David, Kieron Pollard (c), David Wiese, Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, Haris Rauf, Sarabjit Ladda
San Francisco Unicorns: Aaron Finch (c), Finn Allen, David White, Matthew Wade (wk), Corey Anderson, Marcus Stoinis, Tajinder Singh, Shadab Khan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Liam Plunkett, Lungi Ngidi
- Wicketkeepers: Nicholas Pooran
- Batters: Kieron Pollard (c), Aaron Finch, Tim David, Dewald Brevis
- All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Rashid Khan (vc), Shadab Khan, David Wiese
- Bowlers: Trent Boult, Haris Rauf
- MINY wins the toss bowls first
- Powerplay score: 40-50
- SFU total: 160-170
- SFU wins the toss bowls first
- Powerplay score: 50-60
- MINY total: 170-180
Team bowling first to win the contest.
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