Can UAE change the fate of the teams? What to expect from the second half?

A lot of the performances of teams depend on the venues where the matches are played.
Home advantage is a huge factor that plays a role in a team’s success and as a matter of fact, the players in the teams are often bought according to the home conditions, however, this year’s IPL featured no team getting a home advantage due to COVID-19. However, this left a lot on the luck of the teams. Numerous teams got venues that were favourable for them, while some were not. Teams had matches left on pitches that supported their teams while a few had already played matches on good pitches. However, with the IPL set to resume in the UAE, there is a lot that might change for the teams.

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Here’s how UAE can change fortunes for different teams-

Mumbai Indians would be the happiest with IPL shifting to the UAE, claiming victory in the last season of IPL held in UAE, they would like to take that confidence along with them. Last year the Mumbai Indians showed complete domination and with the UAE leg set to resume, Mumbai Indians would like to continue their merry way. The first part of the season wasn’t a bad one for MI, however, they surely didn’t perform up to their standards, being 4th on the points table. UAE could very well help them shift gears and help them go to the top of the table. Sheer domination is all you can expect from this team.

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After getting to a dream start in this year’s IPL edition, RCB would have been the saddest with the IPL stopping mid-way, the momentum that they had could very well help them throughout the season, however, going to the UAE might not impact them a lot. One positive that they might be eyeing is the ruthless aggression Maxwell had shown a few years back when the IPL was held in the UAE, even though the last season in UAE was ordinary for him, they would be hoping for him to strike again. RCB isn’t far from a playoff qualification but all they need to do is be consistent and not let the momentum go away.

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The Chennai Super Kings are brilliantly placed in the points table. Being 2nd on the points table they also had the momentum, however, they wouldn’t mind going to the UAE either because CSK is built a lot based on dry and turning pitches like Chennai’s and UAE surely helps their cause. In the last edition of the IPL, the pitches were pretty dry and CSK would be looking to carry their momentum forward.

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The table-toppers have nothing to fear, their team looks solid for all conditions whether it be the UAE or India, they have players perfectly suited for both. With Shreyas Iyer coming back in, the team gets stronger going into the second half, and with Kagiso Rabada having a decent start to this year’s edition they would be banking on their deadly protea duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to wreak havoc just as they did in the last season. There’s nothing much to change for DC, they would just look to continue their merry way.

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Rajasthan Royals might not be the happiest with the way things have gone. Getting off to a poor start, it looked as if they were missing their English duo of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, but just as they started to pick momentum the IPL stopped. Now with all their key Englishmen missing out this half, they would be hoping that their replacements have the form to take them across the line. A lot depends on the form of the players, but they would be hoping that their star of the previous season Rahul Tewatia, who proved himself in UAE would come back to doing what he does best and change Rajasthan’s fortunes.

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Punjab Kings have had a decent season so far, their team looks well set, and with PBKS just missing out on the playoff spot last season, they would be looking forward to changing what happened the previous season and would be tempted to book a spot in the playoffs. They would be depending a lot on their captain KL Rahul who has consistently taken them across the line. Change of venues might not change a lot for them, but it will surely give them new hope for a better start. A consistent team performance instead of a one-man show can help their cause.

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Having a terrible start to the season, they would be the happiest that the IPL stopped midway and now they would look to forget all that’s happened and begin fresh however this isn’t going to be easy as there is a lot that needs to be done and with numerous conflicts within the team, they would like to solve their internal issues and then head into the second half. Playoff qualification is tough but you never know what might happen. They would be looking to do the unthinkable.

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A team that looked rock solid on paper hasn’t been able to perform up to their expectations yet but would look to make changes and with Russell playing a crucial role in their team, they wouldn’t have asked for a better venue than UAE for their star player. Russell might just take that venue boost and get back to form which plays a very crucial role in their success. A few changes and they might just be on the right track.

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