The Texas Super Kings beat the Los Angeles Knight Riders by 69 runs in Friday’s opening match of Major League Cricket at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas.
Proteas batsman David Miller top-scored with 61 in the Super Kings’ final total of 181 for six in 20 overs. Former Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis fell for a first-ball duck.
Former Proteas seamer Rusty Theron and current Proteas seamer Gerald Coetzee took two wickets each in the Knight Riders’ response of 112 all out in 14 overs. Former Dolphins and Cape Cobras seamer Calvin Savage took one wicket. Proteas batsman Rilee Rossouw scored four. Former Knights cricketer Corne Dry fell for a duck.
“I am actually a little bit emotional, to be honest. This is such a grand event, and I want to thank everybody involved. At the end of the day, it is you versus me and I do not want to lose,” said Theron after the match.
“Unbelievable atmosphere and I want to thank each and every individual who has come out here. It is not always about how you start, but good to start on a good note. We have so much more to come.”
Miller was named Player of the Match.
The International Cricket Council have not given the tournament official T20 status. Like the United Arab Emirates, which stages the International League T20, the USA is not a full member nation of the ICC.