The relentless rainfall in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 28) resulted in the postponement of the IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans to the reserve day, which was Monday.
This unexpected turn of events proved to be highly disappointing for the fans, particularly those who had gathered in significant numbers at the renowned Narendra Modi Stadium to witness the much-anticipated showdown.
The spectators were compelled to take refuge and retreat to the stands as the heavy downpours persisted, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning.
Around 11 pm IST, the officials made a crucial decision to forgo a rain-shortened game, even though they had until 12:06 am to conduct a five-over match for both teams. As of now, there is a chance of a full game taking place on Monday, provided that the weather conditions permit it.
In a significant development, the official IPL Twitter handle provided a much-needed relief to the fans by confirming that they would be able to attend the final using their existing tickets.
The tweet stated that the IPL 2023 final has been rescheduled to the reserve day, which is on May 29th at 7:30 PM IST at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It further emphasized that the physical tickets initially issued for the previous day’s match would remain valid for the rescheduled game. The fans were urged to keep their tickets safe and intact for use on the new date.
The #Final of the #TATAIPL 2023 has been moved to the reserve day on 29th May – 7:30 PM IST at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 28, 2023
Physical tickets for today will be valid tomorrow. We request you to keep the tickets safe & intact. #CSKvGT pic.twitter.com/d3DrPVrIVD
For the first time in the history of the tournament, the IPL final game was rescheduled to a reserve day. Prior to this decision, the Twitter handles of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) had informed that the cut-off time for a five-over game per side was extended to 12:26 am.
Additionally, the cut-off time for the potential start of a Super Over was set at 12:56 am. These adjustments were made to accommodate the weather conditions and allow for a possible shortened match to take place within the specified time limits.