The first few opening matches of the long-awaited Major League Cricket inaugural season have been completed, and the major takeaway is that the tournament was worth all the hype. We have seen some enthralling contests between the six teams participating in this tournament.
High-scoring matches, nail-biting finishes, low-scoring matches, exceptional performances from veterans—we have seen it all till now, and it's only going to get better from here on in this tournament. This tournament is like a huge guiding light on the road to the development of cricket in the United States.
The Washington Freedom and Los Angeles Knight Riders are scheduled to play against each other on Friday. The match will be played at a new stadium, Church Street Park in Morrisville. The pitch is expected to be completely flat with a lot of runs on it. This will be the third league match out of five for the Washington Freedom, whereas it will be the fourth for the Knight Riders.
It will be a must-win game for both of them if they want to keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive. The Washington Freedom are currently placed third, whereas the Los Angeles Knight Riders are in the wooden spoon position. The top bookmakers in India have Major League Cricket odds with them.
Having been bowled out for a score of below 120 runs twice this season, the Los Angeles Knight Riders franchise is in turmoil. Their batters are not getting into the groove, which is a big problem in a short T20 tournament. We expect Jason Roy to come into the team in place of Martin Guptill and Gajanand Singh to replace NR Kumar.
Captain Sunil Narine will expect a lot more from Lockie Ferguson and Adam Zampa in the upcoming match.
Predicted Lineup: Jason Roy, Unmukt Chand, Rilee Rossouw, Gajanand Singh, Jaskaran Malhotra (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (c), Corne Dry, Adam Zampa, Lockie Ferguson, and Ali Khan
The batters of the Washington Freedom are in fine form, with Matthew Short leading the charge from the top. In the two matches, they have batted first but have managed to defend their score only once. It is too early to make changes to the team, but since this is a short tournament, we can expect 1-2 changes among the domestic players.
Their overseas contingent is likely to remain the same in the playing 11.
Predicted Lineup: Matthew Short, Andries Gous (wk), Mukhtar Ahmed, Glenn Phillips, Moises Henriques (c), Obus Pienaar, Marco Jansen, Akeal Hosein, Dane Piedt, Anrich Nortje, and Saurabh Netravalkar
The match is going to be a battle between the batters of the Washington Freedom and the bowlers of the Los Angeles Knight Riders. Matthew Short against Sunil Narine is going to be a mouth-watering contest everyone is eagerly waiting for. We predict Washington Freedom to win this match on the basis of their current form as well as their better team combination.