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MLC 2024 Match 2, TSK vs LAKR | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

TSK will host LAKR in Dallas. (X)TSK will host LAKR in Dallas. (X)

In the second match of MLC 2024, the Texas Super Kings (TSK) will face off against the Los Angeles Knight Riders (LAKR) at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Both teams will be eager to kick off the season on a strong note. While the Super Kings reached the qualifiers last season and performed admirably, the Knight Riders had a dismal 2023 season, finishing at the bottom of the points table.

TSK vs LAKR: Team Preview

Texas Super Kings

TSK finished second on the table in 2023, but their knockout phase didn't go as planned as they were eliminated in the Challenger round by eventual champions MI New York.

Heading into the new season, TSK will look to make a strong start by defeating LAKR. They have retained their core team from last year and are focused on playing cohesively.

Devon Conway, who performed well last year, is expected to provide a solid opening partnership with Faf du Plessis. Aiden Markram, fresh from the World Cup, will anchor the middle order, supported by new recruit Marcus Stoinis and seasoned campaigner Mitchell Santner. 

The additions of utility players like Markram, Stoinis, and Aaron Hardie have strengthened the squad. Addressing their previous pace concerns, TSK has bolstered their bowling with the acquisitions of Naveen-ul-Haq and Matheesha Pathirana.

Los Angeles Knight Riders 

LAKR entered last season as one of the favourites but ended up at the bottom of the points table with just one win, a disappointing performance given their potential. They have made significant changes ahead of the new season and are aiming for a strong start.

The addition of Jason Roy strengthens their top-order batting, where he is expected to partner skipper Sunil Narine, who impressed in IPL 2024. In the middle order, Alex Carey, David Miller, and Shakib Al Hasan bring considerable firepower and will be key contributors. 

Andre Russell is their designated finisher, forming a formidable trio with Narine and Shakib, posing a threat that opponents like TSK need to be cautious of.

One area of concern for LAKR is their fast bowling resources. Ali Khan, their main pace bowler, struggled for form in the recent T20 World Cup. 

LAKR will rely on their spin options, including Adam Zampa and Waqar Salamkheil, to make up for the lack of depth in their fast bowling department.

TSK vs LAKR: Match Details & Live Streaming

Date & Time July 6, 6:00 AM IST
VenueGrand Prairie Stadium, Texas, United States
Live Broadcast & Streaming Jio Cinema

TSK vs LAKR: Grand Prairie Stadium Pitch Report

The pitch at the Grand Prairie Stadium provides early seam movement for pacers with the new ball. Fast bowlers benefit from the track's conditions, though spinners find it challenging due to the ground's dimensions. Generally, it's a good batting surface where the ball comes onto the bat well. Teams can expect an average first innings score of approximately 170, while chasing teams typically contend with around 150 runs.

TSK vs LAKR: Probable playing XIs

Texas Super Kings: Faf du Plessis (c), Devon Conway (wk), Aiden Markram, Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Calvin Savage, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mohammad Mohsin, Zia-ul-Haq, Zia Shahzad

Los Angeles Knight Riders: Sunil Narine (c), Jason Roy, Unmukt Chand, Nitish Kumar, David Miller, Alex Carey (wk), Andre Russell, Adam Zampa, Ali Khan, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Matthew Tromp

TSK vs LAKR: Fantoss Fantasy Tips

Wicket-keeperDevon Conway
BattersJason Roy, Faf du Plessis, Aiden Markram, David Miller
All-roundersSunil Narine, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis
BowlersAdam Zampa, Ali Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq,
CaptainSunil Narine
Vice-captainMarcus Stoinis

TSK vs LAKR: Winner Prediction

While both teams appear formidable on paper, TSK might hold a slight edge due to their home advantage.