The upcoming match on July 19 in the 2023 MLC edition will feature the Los Angeles Knight Riders facing off against the San Francisco Unicorns at the Grand Prairie Cricket Ground in Dallas, with the game commencing at 6 a.m. IST.
The Los Angeles Knight Riders are facing a challenging situation as they currently occupy the last position in the points table, burdened with a poor net run rate of -4.35. They have suffered two significant defeats and are eager to get back on track before it’s too late. Their batting has been a major concern, as they struggled in both of their previous matches in the tournament.
As for the San Francisco Unicorns, they are currently ranked 5th in the points table with a net run rate of -0.325. They started the tournament with a victory against MI New York but were defeated by Seattle in their subsequent game. The team aims to strengthen their batting lineup before this match to return to their winning form.
Match: Los Angeles Knight Riders vs San Francisco, 8th T20I match, MLC 2023
Date and Time: July 18, Tuesday, 7:30 PM local time (06:00 am IST, July 19)
Venue: Grand Prairie Cricket Ground, Dallas
Based on the current pattern, just one team has achieved success in chasing during this tournament. The success rate for any team attempting a chase has been as low as 14%.
Therefore, it would be wise to opt for batting first on this pitch and setting a competitive score to put the opposing team under pressure. A score of 160 or higher seems to be sufficient for securing a victory on this track.
The weather forecast anticipates intense heat waves during the match, with daytime temperatures expected to reach 41°C. However, as the evening approaches, the temperatures are projected to significantly decrease, potentially reaching 28°C. Rain is not expected, indicating that the game will likely proceed as planned.
Nonetheless, players should be prepared to face challenging conditions and must ensure they stay hydrated at regular intervals due to the excessive heat.
Probable Playing XI:
Los Angeles: Martin Guptill, Unmukt Chand, Jaskaran Malhotra(w), Nitish Kumar, Rilee Rossouw, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine(c), Lockie Ferguson, Corne Dry, Ali Khan, Adam Zampa
San Francisco: Finn Allen, Matthew Wade(w), Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch(c), Corey Anderson, Shadab Khan, Tajinder Dhillon, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Carmi le Roux, Haris Rauf, Liam Plunkett
Dream11 Team Prediction:
Wicket-keepers: Matthew Wade, Finn Allen
Batters: Jason Roy, Rilee Rossouw, Corey Anderson
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Liam Plunkett, Ali Khan
Captain First-Choice: Shadab Khan
Vice-captain First-Choice: Rilee Rossouw