The IPL Final Showdown Moves to the Reserve Day: In an unprecedented turn of events, the highly anticipated final match of the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) has been postponed to the reserve day due to persistent heavy rain. This marks the first instance in IPL history where the final has been moved to a reserve day.
The clash between four-time winners CSK and defending champions GT was scheduled to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. However, dark clouds suddenly gathered over the stadium just before the toss, and heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning ensued, forcing the fans to seek shelter.
IPL 2023: The IPL Final Showdown Moves to the Reserve Day
The IPL Final Showdown Moves to the Reserve Day: Despite the initial rain interruption, the ground staff managed to prepare the pitch for play after the rain subsided. The super soppers were deployed to dry the ground, and the players even began warming up as the match’s cut-off time approached. However, the rain returned with even greater intensity, flooding the field and leading to the match’s ultimate postponement.
Fans can use the same physical tickets
As the IPL final showdown moves to the reserve day, the IPL took to Twitter to announce the decision, stating that the final will now be played on Monday, May 29, at 7:30 PM IST. The physical tickets issued for Sunday’s match will remain valid for the rescheduled final on the reserve day.
Dhoni’s 250th appearance in the IPL
Both CSK and GT had also faced each other in the tournament’s opening match, and it seems fitting that they would meet again in the final. CSK, led by the legendary MS Dhoni, are aiming for their fifth IPL title, having previously emerged victorious in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. Additionally, this final marks Dhoni’s 250th appearance in the IPL. Meanwhile, GT, the defending champions, are seeking to win back-to-back titles and become only the third team to achieve this feat in IPL history.
While fans eagerly awaited the final, the weather had other plans. Now, the cricketing world waits with bated breath, hoping for favorable weather conditions on Monday to witness a thrilling and uninterrupted IPL final between these two power-packed teams.
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