Acclimatization has been the name of the game in the Indian Premier League so far, with teams unable to get a hang of the conditions. Although most teams have won the games batting first, captains are still choosing otherwise after winning the toss. Dew is one factor and slowness of the wicket in the second innings, another, but teams batting first have had a 100% record in Dubai thus far.
This is the first time this season that both Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will be playing here, having played only at Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively until now. The challenge will be steeper for Rajasthan for both their games have been on a ground with very small boundaries in comparison, and the key for them will be to adapt to the bigger ones that Dubai and Abu Dhabi will offer where the majority of their games will be played going forward.
Two two wins in two games, passing 200 each time, will have kept the morale high in Rajasthan’s camp. But it’ll come down to adapting to the conditions in Dubai. The ball hasn’t swung as much as teams would’ve liked, and the spinners will come into play a lot more than they did in Sharjah.
Courtesy : Gulfnews