As we make our predictions for the match between Los Angeles Knight Riders and MI New York to be played on Monday, July 17, 2023, at 6:00 a.m. IST, preparations for the opening ceremony of the inaugural season of Major League Cricket are in full flow. The league has finally received the green flag after being founded way back in 2019.
This league will probably take cricket in the United States to great heights, as it will give a lot of domestic American players a chance to showcase their talent in front of a huge audience, and they will learn a lot under the guidance of experienced international players. In fact, this league is being termed the “next American dream” by a lot of cricket experts.
Out of fifteen league games in the tournament, the game between the Los Angeles Knight Riders and MI New York will be the sixth. Since Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, two IPL teams, own both Los Angeles Knight Riders and MI New York, respectively, this game will continue a rivalry that began in the IPL. For both of these teams in this competition, this encounter will be their second league game. The top bookmakers in India have amazing odds with them on their platform.
The Los Angeles Knight Riders will win the match.
The betting tip is...
Rashid Khan to pick 2.5+ wickets
Sunil Narine, a legend of the T20 format, will be captaining the Los Angeles Knight Riders side in this tournament. Los Angeles has a good mix of overseas batters and all-rounders. They also have the only USA player to have an IPL contract, Ali Khan, in their team.
Jason Roy, Rilee Rossouw, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Adam Zampa, and Lockie Ferguson will most probably be their first-choice six overseas picks in the playing 11.
Predicted Lineup: Jason Roy, Gajanand Singh, Rilee Rossouw, Unmukt Chand, Jaskaran Malhotra (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (c), Adam Zampa, Lockie Ferguson, Ali Khan, and Ali Sheikh
Prior to the league's start, Kieron Pollard was named the MI New York franchise's captain. They have a nice mix of foreign bowlers and all-rounders on the team, but they will need to rely on homegrown batters to contribute runs to the total. Kieron Pollard, Dewald Brevis, Tim David, Nicholas Pooran, Trent Boult, and Kagiso Rabada are likely to be on the team given that only six foreign players are permitted in the starting 11.
Rashid Khan returns to the team from Afghanistan's ongoing white-ball series against Bangladesh.
Predicted Lineup: Steven Taylor, Nosthush Kenjige, Dewald Brevis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Jasdeep Singh, Saideep Ganesh, Trent Boult, Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, and Tim David
Seeing the lineups on paper, MI New York seems to have the better overseas players, whereas the Los Angeles Knight Riders have a better combination of domestic players on their team. The match is expected to go right down to the wire, and any team can take it their way in this format. We predict the match slightly in favour of the Los Angeles Knight Riders, but it would be a crime to rule MI New York out.