MLC 2024

Super Kings hope for better batting show to mark maiden win

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A batting implosion cost Super Kings their opening game against Knight Riders
A batting implosion cost Super Kings their opening game against Knight Riders © Sportzpics

Washington Freedom may have got going with a winning start to their Major League Cricket 2024 campaign, but a rain-impacted encounter meant they couldn't get an opportunity to put their potential to test fully. It's unlikely to be much different when they take on Texas Super Kings in their next encounter at the same venue, Morrisville's Church Street Park. Cloudy skies and rain are predicted, but much like the first encounter, Freedom wouldn't be complaining if they get an opportunity to add two more points to their tally.

Saurabh Netrwalkar and Justin Dill's performances with the ball was the standout feature of their victory in the previous game, and they would hold as much key in the next game against a side that is yet to put points on the board. Devon Conway's half-century notwithstanding, Super Kings were outplayed in their opening encounter against Los Angeles Knight Riders.

Super Kings did have a few notable performers with the ball, but barring Calvin Savage, no other batter could credibly support Conway's efforts in the opening game. It's a department they would expect a better show from against Freedom to mark their first win of the season.

When: Monday, July 8, 3:30 PM Local Time

Where: Washington Freedom vs Texas Super Kings, Church Street Park, Morrisville

What to expect: The first game of the season in Morrisville is expected to be played under cloudy skies with possibilities of rain.

Team Watch:

Washington Freedom: Following a winning start, where most of the bowlers did a reasonable job and most of the batters went untested, Freedom are unlikely to make changes

Likely XI: Travis Head, Steve Smith, Andries Gous, Glenn Maxwell, Obus Pienaar, Mukhtar Ahmed, Akeal Hosein, Marco Jansen, Lockie Ferguson, Justin Dill, Saurabh Netrawalkar

Texas Super Kings: A solid team on paper that probably would've expected better from its batters in the previous game. Nonetheless, they are unlikely to make changes to their XI.

Likely XI: Devon Conway, Faf du Plessis, Aaron hardie, Joshua Tromp, Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, Calvin Savage, Gerald Coetzee, Mohammad Mohsin Naveen ul Haq

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