The IPL 2023 final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) faced a major disruption due to persistent rain on its scheduled day, May 28, in Ahmedabad. As a result, the match had to be moved to its reserve day, causing disappointment among the fans who had gathered in large numbers at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium. However, there is good news for these cricket enthusiasts as they will be able to attend the final on the reserve day using the same tickets.
The continuous downpours, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, forced the crowd to seek shelter and take refuge in the stands. The unfavorable weather conditions made it impossible to continue the match on the original day, even though there was a cut-off time of 12:06 am for a potential five-over game per side.
Officials decided not to proceed with a rain-shortened game late in the evening, leaving a possibility of a complete game on the reserve day, provided the weather conditions improve. The reserve day for the IPL 2023 final is scheduled for May 29, with the match set to begin at 7:30 PM IST at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
To alleviate concerns among the fans, the official IPL Twitter handle made an important announcement. It confirmed that spectators who had purchased tickets for the original day’s match will be able to attend the final on the reserve day using the same tickets. This decision ensures that fans who braved the rain and unfavorable conditions on the initial day will not miss out on witnessing the summit clash between CSK and GT.
This year’s IPL final has created history by becoming the first-ever final to be moved to a reserve day. The decision to allocate a separate day for the completion of the match showcases the organizers’ commitment to ensuring a fair and complete contest between the two teams.
Before the final was rescheduled, both the CSK and GT official Twitter handles had reported a shift in the cut-off time. The revised cut-off time for the start of the match was extended to 12:26 am, with the cut-off time for a potential Super Over set at 12:56 am.