Major League Cricket 2024: Netravalkar, Smith star in match of Washington Freedom v MI New York

Saurabh Netravalkar bowling at Cognizant Major League Cricket game played in Morrisville, CA, July 6. PHOTO X @MLC

Morrisville [North California], July 7 : In a rain-marred third match of the 2024 Cognizant Major League Cricket at the Church Street Park in Morrisville, Washington Freedom prevailed over MI New York by four runs via the DLS Method.

The match was a tightly contested one. In the second innings, Washington Freedom faced an early setback with the dismissal of Travis Head (1). Steve Smith initially took a couple of overs to settle in, but once he found his rhythm and struck his first boundary on his 7th ball, the New York bowlers struggled to contain him. The Australian star batter smashed 4 fours and 3 sixes, racing to a strong impressive 46 off 28 balls.

With 7.4 overs of the Washington Freedom innings done, the match took a turn for the worse as rain and lighting brought on the covers. However, Steve Smith’s power-hitting in the final over of the powerplay took the ahead on DLS with a score of 55/1.

Earlier in the day, the MI New York struggled to score freely against a disciplined bowling attack after being put into bat first. Despite Nicholas Pooran’s valiant effort, scoring a 30-ball 44, the team from New York faced consistent setbacks with regular loss of wickets.

Opener Ruben Clinton (28) gave his team a strong platform with a good start, but the introduction of Glenn Maxwell proved lethal as he was bowled while attempting a reverse sweep.

With Monank Patel (5) and Shayan Jahangir (6) having lost their wickets, all eyes were on Pooran, who found the regular boundaries. Despite the wickets falling at the other end, Pooran kept the pressure on the Washington Freedom bowlers.

Lockie Ferguson was the breakthrough bowler for MI New York, as Pooran’s mistimed shot fell to Glenn Maxwell. Eventually, Pooran was aided by a crucial cameo from Rashid Khan, who smashed 31 off 15, and some valuable boundaries from Anrich Nortje (14), which propelled them to 154.

With the ball for Washington Freedom, Saurabh Netravalkar got the crucial scalps of MI New York skipper Kieron Pollard (3), as well as the dangerous Rashid and Nortje. Even Justin Dill’s three wickets came in handy, with his wicket of Tim David (9) providing a crucial breakthrough.

Brief Score: Washington Freedom 55/1 (Steve Smith 40) beat MI New York (Nicholas Pooran 44, Rashid Khan 31, Saurabh Netravalkar 3/24) by four runs via DLS Method.



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