IPL 2023 FINAL
GT vs CSK, IPL 2023 final – Take Two – on Monday night © BCCI
Incessant rains in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 28) meant the the IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans was pushed into the reserve day, a first for the 16-season-old tournament. With a slight forecast for rain again on Monday evening, here’s all you need to know about the playing conditions that will be in force.
1. When is the scheduled start time of the final on the reserve day?
The final will once more have a scheduled start time of 19:30 IST with the toss slated to take place half an hour before at 19:00 IST if conditions allow for the same. If it does begin at these times, it will be a full 20-overs-a-side contest.
2. How much time is available on the reserve day to try and obtain a result?
As such an IPL game has a total of 3 hours and 20 minutes of time available (including interval and time-outs). An additional two hours of play will be available on the reserve day.
3. When is the latest the game can start without having any overs reduced?
The match can start as late as 21:40 IST without the number of overs being reduced (10 minute interval, time-outs retained). Overs will start reducing thereafter and reduced in such a way that each side at least has the opportunity to bat for five overs.
4. What’s the latest start time for a five-overs game?
The latest that a five-overs per side match can start is 23:56 IST (10 minute interval, no timeouts) – with a scheduled finish at 00:50.
If the game starts on time and the first innings of 20 overs is completed but after five overs of the second innings, rain prevents any further play then the result will be decided under the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method.
5. What if it’s not possible to play even a five-overs per side game by the end of extra time?
If conditions permit, the teams will play a Super Over to determine the winner.
6. And what’s the latest start time for a Super Over-only contest?
The pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 00:50 IST.
7. What if it is not even possible to play a one-over shootout?
In the event that it is not even possible to play and complete the Super Over without interruption, the team that finished higher in the league stages — Gujarat Titans in this case — will be crowned champions.