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IPL 2014: A review of the UAE leg
The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League was forced to be shifted out of India, as the IPL dates clashed with the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. UAE was chosen as an alternative venue for the first 20 matches of the league. Punjab looked the strongest of all the teams, as they are still unbeaten in the competition with five wins out of five.

Surprisingly, it was Mumbai Indians, who were the biggest loser, as they could not even win a single match – the worst record in IPL 2014. Like Mumbai, Bangalore has also been a disappointing unit with their performance, especially with the number of quality players at the disposal. They lost three matches. Teams such as Chennai, Rajasthan have looked good, where they lie on second and third position respectively. While Kolkata, Bangalore Hyderabad have been decent in their UAE outing.

Individual performances – Batting

It was Glenn Maxwell, who turned out to be the hero of the UAE leg with his batting exploits scoring 300 runs in 5 matches. He won some matches single-handedly for Kings XI Punjab. What impresses one more is the way he took control of the game with his powerful hitting. His batting strike rate stands above 200 in the competition so far. Buying Maxwell seems to have been a smart move by the Punjab franchise.

In spite of such level of batting by Maxwell, he has not been able to score a single ton. He has been dismissed for 95 runs twice, which is the highest score in this leg of the league. There are many players such as Aaron Finch, Pollard, Kallis, Rahane etc., who crossed the seventy run mark, but no one has scored a century. One hopes that the Indian leg would witness some three figure scores.


Individual performances – Bowling

Sunil Narine, like last season troubled many a batsmen in the league this year as well, which can be understood by his economy rate, which is under six runs per over – a rare feat in the shorter format of the game. He has managed to scalp nine wickets and the player would only expect to do more wonders for Kolkata when he plays in India, where the pitch would be more suited to his style of bowling.

Taking four wickets in four overs is a tough task, but the UAE leg witnessed a number of bowlers come up with such performance. Balaji, M Sharma, S Narine, P Tambe, Malinga and Jadeja have taken four wickets in a single inning, but it is Balaji's performance, which stood out as he only gave 13 runs while taking four crucial wickets.

IPL back to India

Now, the focus would be back to India, where the IPL truly belongs. Now, the home teams' would be trying their best to take advantage of the home conditions. The first match of the Indian leg is going to be played tomorrow when Chennai play Kolkata at Ranchi.

It is the Indian leg of the IPL, which is going to hold importance, for the remaining matches of the competition would decide four qualifiers in the final stage of the competition.

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