MI New York and Seattle Orcas clashed against each other in the 15th match of the ongoing Major League Cricket 2023 at Church Street Park in Morrisville on Tuesday, July 25. Fans witnessed a high-scoring contest between the two teams, however, Orcas managed to win the match by 2 wickets in the end.
Meanwhile, Seattle Orcas wicketkeeper-batter Heinrich Klaasen displayed a magnificent batting performance against MI. However, what caught the attention of many fans was Klassen hitting 26 runs in an over of Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner was bowling well until he came to bowl his last over in the 16th over of the 2nd innings. Klaasen hit 3 sixes and a four against the current greatest bowler of the shortest format.
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Heinrich Klaasen smashed 6,6,2,4,6 against Rashid Khan.
What a clean striker! pic.twitter.com/LueW3tKL9D
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 26, 2023
Talking about the match, Orcas won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision worked initially as they sent two New York batters back to the pavilion inside the powerplay. But then came the Caribbean powerhouse Nicholas Pooran, who smashed 68 runs off just 34 deliveries which included 3 fours and 7 sixes.
Brilliant batting performance by Heinrich Klaasen
Skipper Kieron Pollard and tailender Trent Boult also produced quick cameos and helped the team to achieve a monumental total of 194 runs in 20 overs. Imad Wasim produced a magnificent spell in which he took 2 wickets while conceding just 23 runs in his 4 overs quota. Harmeet Singh also managed to take 2 wickets after leaking 21 runs in 3 overs.
Chasing the target, the Orcas started similarly to MI as they also lost their first two wickets inside the powerplay. However, despite losing 2 early wickets, Nauman Anwar and Henrich Klassen continued to bat aggressively. Anwar departed in the 11th over after playing a brilliant knock of 51 runs off just 30 balls which included 6 fours and 3 sixes.
But Klassen emerged as the hero for his team and overshadowed every batter. He smashed an outstanding century and played a knock of 110 runs which came off just 44 deliveries including 9 fours and 7 sixes. The Orcas kept losing wickets from the other end but Klassen didn’t lose his concentration and took his team a mind-blowing 2-wicket victory.
Here’s how fans reacted:
It happened right in front of my eyes. What a 💯
— Praveen Reddy – PK (@pkethi16) July 26, 2023
Klaasen and Shreyas are the best players of spin in the current generation.
— Ichneumon 🏳🌈 (@Saurabhmsd007) July 26, 2023
Riser smashing rashid😁
— Vinil Reddy (@vinilreddy7) July 26, 2023
Indians need to watch him how to play spin on indian pitches
— Santosh TKT 🇮🇳 (@SUNtu666) July 26, 2023
Klaasen spin achaa khelta h ..ipl me bhi spinner ko khub pela th
— Hni Rana🇮🇳 (@hni_rana) July 26, 2023
World Cup mein sab ka bukhar utar degaa … Along with Miller .
— Anupam Jha (@OftenrisingAnu) July 26, 2023
Yehi sab player ye angle illegal bowler ko sahi krega
— Chiku5 (@Chiku515) July 26, 2023
Currently arguably the best striker of spin bowling along with Surya.
— Chetan Bhat (@chetdb) July 26, 2023