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MLC 2024 Match 2, TEX vs LAS - Tactical Play: Super Kings vs Knight Riders Rivalry Renews

Faf du Plessis and Devon Conway will be opening the innings for the Texas Super Kings [X]Faf du Plessis and Devon Conway will be opening the innings for the Texas Super Kings [X]

In the second match of the MLC 2024, the Texas Super Kings will take on the Los Angeles Knight Riders. This match will be taking place at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas. 

The Super Kings will be looking to go better in this edition and win their maiden title. The Faf du Plessis-led unit made it to the play-offs last time but could not go further. On the other hand, the Los Angeles Knight Riders can only improve their performances from the last edition. In the previous season, the Knight Riders won only a single game and finished in the last position in the points table.

Stonis-Bravo vs Russell-Narine

One of the newer recruits for the Texas Super Kings is Marcus Stoinis. The Aussie all-rounder has been in good form with both the bat and the ball this year. He will be adding a lot of depth and flexibility to the Super King's side. Along with Dwayne Bravo, Marcus Stoinis will add a new dimension to the team. 

While Stoinis and Bravo will be the key all-rounders for the Super Kings, the Knight Riders will have their trusted soldiers in Narine and Russell. Both Narine and Russell are in good all-round form. Narine has shown his batting and bowling abilities in the IPL 2024, and Russell has been making effective all-around contributions to the team since the IPL and has carried it to the T20 World Cup. 

The success of these all-rounders will play a major role in determining the outcome of the game. 

Zampa-Narine vs TSK Middle-order

Adam Zampa has, over the years, developed himself to be one of the best spinners of the T20 format. His ability to deceive the batters with variation in pace and length makes him a prime weapon for his captain. With Narine and Zampa pairing up for the Knight Riders in the middle-overs it will be a headache for a lot of the batting line-ups in the tournament. 

With Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, and Aiden Markram in the middle-order of the Super Kings, it is expected that a majority of the over of the spin duo will be played by them. If these batters, especially Stoinis and Markram, are able to handle Zampa and Narine effectively, then the balance of the game will tilt heavily towards the Super Kings. 

Naveen-Gerald's Spell

Naveen-ul-Haq and Gerald Coetzee will be crucial for Texas Super Kings in the match [X]Naveen-ul-Haq and Gerald Coetzee will be crucial for Texas Super Kings in the match [X]

With Matheesha Pathirana not being available for the first few games, the majority of the responsibility in the pace department will fall on Naveen-ul-Haq and Gerald Coetzee. If this duo is able to bowl efficient spells for the team, then it will put the Super Kings in an advantageous position. On the other hand, if the LAKR batters handle Naveen and Coetzee efficiently, then the pressure will be on the spinners and bowlers like Marcus Stoinis and Dwayne Bravo to bring the Super Kings back into the game. Thus, how efficiently Naveen and Coetzee bowl will go a long way in determining the balance of the match.