IPL final moved to the reserve day due to the heavy showers.The IPL 2023 final between the defending champions, Gujarat Titans, and the four-time champions, Chennai Super Kings, has been postponed to the reserve day due to the heavy rain.
Just before the toss, the weather took a turn for the worse, with heavy rain interrupting the proceedings. For a brief period around 9pm, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope as the rain subsided, raising expectations of a complete game. However, the storm returned and persisted throughout the night.
Fortunately, the IPL rules allow for a reserve day for the final, ensuring that a full match can be played on Monday since no play was possible today. Tomorrow’s forecast does indicate some rain, mainly in the hours leading up to the game. However, it is expected to clear up by 6pm. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that earlier predictions did not anticipate rain this evening either.
Fans in Ahmedabad have reason to be slightly concerned as the weather forecast from AccuWeather indicates a 49 percent chance of precipitation. There is also a possibility of mild thunderstorms in the city within the next few hours.
This uncertain weather situation raises the possibility of rain affecting the IPL final match. In the event of rain, the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method will come into play if both teams have completed a minimum of five overs. The DLS method is a mathematical formula used to calculate revised targets in rain-affected matches.
It takes into account the number of overs played, the number of wickets lost, and the scoring rate of the batting team to determine a revised target for the team batting second. However, the match will be abandoned if the minimum requirement of completing five overs is not met due to persistent rain or other circumstances.
In such a scenario, the Gujarat Titans, who finished at the top of the points table, would retain their IPL title. They would secure their second consecutive victory after winning the league last year based on their outstanding performance throughout the tournament. While the weather conditions and the potential impact on the match remain uncertain, fans will be eagerly hoping for favorable conditions and an exciting, uninterrupted final showdown between the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings.