Who Will Win Title If GT vs CSK Final Is Abandoned Due To Rain?

The GT vs CSK IPL 2023 final is affected by rain. There is a reserve day if play is not possible on Sunday.
It was pouring in Ahmedabad hours before the match began (Image - BCCI)
It was pouring in Ahmedabad hours before the match began (Image - BCCI)

The champions of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League 2023 will be crowned on Sunday. The massive clash is scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Defending Champions, Gujarat Titans would hope to retain the trophy that they won last year. This time they are against the 4 times Champion, Chennai Super Kings under the leadership of MS Dhoni. The stage was set for an amazing GT vs CSK IPL 2023 Final clash but didn't go as planned. The toss was delayed due to heavy rain in Ahmedabad.

The same two teams faced each other in Qualifier 1. Dhoni's men clinched the victory comfortably and booked their tickets for the Final directly. However, Gujarat Titans defeated Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 2 and secured their spot in the Final two consecutive times.

GT vs CSK: Is there a Reserve Day if the IPL 2023 final gets abandoned?

There is a reserve day if play is not possible on Sunday. In case of a match, the cut-off is 9:35 PM after which overs will be deducted. The cut-off for a 5-over game is 12:06 AM.

The IPL rule book clearly states, "For the Eliminator and each Qualifier playoff matches (where there is no reserve day), in the event that it is not possible to schedule a 5 over match to complete by the end of the extra time on an original day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of the relevant Eliminator or Qualifier match. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 12.50 am."

The cut-off for a super over

The tournament will be decided by the super over in case of further delay. The rules explained, "For the Final, in the event that it is not possible to schedule a 5 over match to be completed by the end of the extra time on the reserve day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of the final. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 1.20 am (Final)."

It is an advantage for Gujarat Titans if the final is completely abandoned. The defending champions, Gujarat Titans will win the title because of their consistent and brilliant performance in the group stages. Chennai Super Kings were also very consistent but not as good as them. The rule states – "In the event that it is not possible to start the Super Over as described in paragraphs 8 and 9 or to then complete the Super Over without interruption, the team that finished highest in the league table after the 70 matches of the regular season shall be declared the winner of the relevant playoff match or final."

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