A general view of the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.© BCCI
Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals – respectively the top two teams in the IPL points table – clash in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2022 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday. At stake is a place in the final, while the loser will play Qualifier 2 against the winner of the Eliminator between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants. The IPL train moves to Kolkata on Tuesday, but the weather in the city could play a big part in the match. According to AccuWeather, a “thunderstorm or two” is expected in the evening, which could lead to delays in the rain.
Thunderstorms are expected around noon today, according to the AccuWeather website. But as the day goes by, the weather is expected to clear up shortly. However, the website also states that it is expected to be cloudy with thunderstorms around 8 p.m. (IST).
If rain gods are a bummer and play cannot be played in regular time, then a Super Over could decide the fate of the two teams.
If, in the event that a Super Over is also not possible, the ranking will take precedence and the winner will be determined, the PTI news agency reported in an IPL briefing note reported Monday.
“The number of overs in the playoff game can be reduced, if necessary, so that each side can bat five overs,” PTI reported, citing the IPL guidelines.
“For the Eliminator and any Playoff Qualifiers, if it is not possible to schedule a five-over game to be completed at the end of extra time on the original day, the teams, if circumstances permitting, a Super Over to determine the winner of the relevant Eliminator or Qualifier match.” If the Super Over is not possible, “the team that has finished highest in the ranking after the 70 games of the regular season will be declared the winner of the relevant play-off game or final”, it added.
While Qualifier 1 and Eliminator are scheduled at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Qualifier 2 and the final are scheduled at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
(with PTI inputs)
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