MLC 2024: Texas Super Kings secure first win of the season, jump to top of Major League Cricket standings | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: An all-round performance by the Texas Super Kings propelled them to the top of the points table in the 2024 Major League Cricket with a commanding seven-wicket victory over the San Francisco Unicorns on Wednesday at Church Street Park.
This win marks the Super Kings’ first of the season and lifts them from the bottom to the top of the standings with three points from three games.
As it happened: Texas Super Kings vs San Francisco Unicorns
The Unicorns, who have two points from two games, now find themselves in fifth place in the six-team competition.

“We needed it. We were good from the batting perspective in the last game. From a batting perspective, it was clinical. We had more bowling options. Stoinis had some finger injury. The batters never got used to a plan or a bowler. Mentally, it is very important. You need to keep working hard every day. The game keeps evolving. Strike-rate is one of the things I have worked upon. You have to evolve. You have to score at above 140 these days as an opener. The game keeps you humble. I still love being around and on the field. The tournament is set up nicely. I look at the overseas players and feel it is up there with international cricket or the IPL. There are 6 international stars compared to the 4 that is there in other leagues. It is a well structured league. Mohsin has been my main weapon. Leg spinners usually have their tails up,” said Super Kings captain Faf du Plessis after the match.

After winning the toss, the Super Kings bowled out the Unicorns for a below-par 127 in 17.5 overs, with spinner Mohammad Mohsin taking four wickets.
Skipper Faf du Plessis (34 off 17 balls) and Devon Conway (32 off 19) then set a solid foundation for the chase with a 61-run opening partnership in just 4.5 overs. The Super Kings chased down the target in just 12.5 overs, with seven wickets in hand. Aaron Hardie also made a significant contribution, scoring 34 off 23 balls.
Earlier in the match, Mohsin and Dwayne Bravo (2 for 20) dismantled the Unicorns’ middle and lower order. Matthew Short was the top-scorer for the Unicorns with 33 off 15 balls, in what was otherwise a dismal batting performance.
Mohsin finished with impressive figures of 4 for 13 in 3.5 overs, earning him the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
“The fast bowlers set the tone for us. Always nice to get wickets. We just kept it simple. We bowled stump to stump. Nice to contribute to the team’s win. It is giving me more confidence being a local. The presence of international stars helps us. Last year, we had Imran Tahir and I learnt a lot from him,” Mohsin said after the victory.

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