LAKR 165/6 in 20 Overs (Andre Russell 40*(25); Brody Couch 2/24 in 4 Overs) lost to SFU 166/4 in 15.2 Overs (Finn Allen 63(37); Spencer Johnson 3/36 in 4 Overs) by 6 wickets.

The Los Angeles Knight Riders took on the San Francisco Unicorns in their second game of MLC 2024. After an emphatic victory in their first game, LAKR aimed to continue their winning momentum and put the best foot forward. Both the teams were aiming to add two important points to their tally in these early stages of the tournament. The fans showed up in big numbers to see the big guns on show.

After being put into bat first, LAKR looked to start strong right from the outset and aimed to build a partnership. However, LAKR lost a couple of wickets early, as the conditions looked tough to bat on. Jason Roy kept rotating strike and smashed a few boundaries but he also lost his wicket trying to up the ante. Nitish Kumar and Shakib Al Hasan stitched an important partnership to stabilize the innings for LAKR. Both batters used the pace well and rotated the strike brilliantly. Following their good knocks, Andre Russell unleashed his fury and played an incredible knock. After coming in to bat in a tough situation, Dre-Russ adapted to the conditions quickly and dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground. His unbeaten knock of 40 included 2 fours and 3 humongous sixes and his partnership alongside David Miller helped LAKR reach a competitive total of 165. The onus was now upon the bowlers to defend the total.

After a strong finish with the bat, LAKR looked to continue the momentum in the field. The bowlers aimed to hit consistent lines and looked to pick up early wickets. It was Spencer Johnson yet again who provided the first breakthrough as he picked up the crucial wicket of Jake Fraser-McGurk. The bowlers looked to put more pressure on the chasing side and aimed to pick up more wickets quickly. However, despite bowling good lines & lengths, SFU batters stitched partnerships and took the game away from LAKR. The bowlers picked up a few wickets quickly after the big partnership between Matt Short and Finn Allen, however it couldn’t stop SFU from reaching the target. LAKR will be back to the drawing board and will look to make a strong comeback in their next game. All the players will be aiming to learn from today’s game and apply the experience in the next one in order to stage a strong performance.