In a thrilling Challenger match at Grand Prairie Stadium, MI, New York (MINY) displayed their prowess and emerged victorious against the Texas Super Kings (TSK) in the Major League Cricket (MLC) 2023.
Opting to bowl first, New York’s bowlers put on a brilliant performance, restricting the Super Kings to 158 runs. Chasing the target, MINY’s batters showcased their aggressive intent and comfortably reached the mark with an over to spare. With this win, MINY also booked their spot in the final, where they will face the Seattle Orcas on July 30.
The Texas Super Kings started their innings slowly, with opener Faf du Plessis struggling to find his rhythm, scoring only 6 runs off 9 balls. However, Devon Conway stood out with a solid performance, contributing 38 runs off 35 deliveries. Other notable contributions came from Milind Kumar (37 runs off 34 balls) and David Miller (17 runs off 10 balls). Despite these efforts, TSK faced consistent pressure from the New York bowlers.
Trent Boult proved to be the star performer for MINY, delivering a sensational spell of fast bowling. His four-wicket haul, conceding just 24 runs in four overs, was pivotal in keeping the Super Kings’ total in check. Complementing Boult’s brilliance, Rashid Khan and Tim David also made significant contributions, with Rashid taking one wicket and Tim picking up two wickets in a single over.
Chasing a target of 159 runs, MI New York approached their innings aggressively. Shayan Jahangir provided an explosive start, scoring 36 runs off just 18 balls. Although Slade van Staden and captain Nicholas Pooran had a relatively quiet outing, Dewald Brevis steadied the chase with a crucial innings of 41 runs off 33 balls. Tim (33 runs off 20 balls) and David Wiese (19 runs off 11 balls) accelerated the innings further, ensuring that MINY reached the target comfortably with an over to spare.
The efforts of Daniel Sams and Rusty Theron in picking up one wicket each for the Super Kings were commendable. However, they couldn’t defend the target against a strong batting display from MI New York. The team’s batters showcased their depth and power, ultimately sealing a convincing victory.
Trent Boult’s exceptional performance with the ball earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match award. His game-changing four-wicket haul played a pivotal role in New York’s success, and his contributions will be crucial as they gear up for the final clash against the Seattle Orcas.