The highly-anticipated IPL 2023 final between the Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans encountered an unprecedented delay due to incessant rainfall in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 28). As a result, the match was rescheduled to the reserve day, creating a historic moment in the tournament’s 16-year history. However, concerns still linger regarding the possibility of rain persisting on Monday evening. To ensure a conclusive result, an extended amount of playing time has been allocated for the reserve day. Let’s delve into the details and explore the latest possible start time for a five-overs per side game.
In order to accommodate a full match and minimize disruptions, the latest start time for a five-overs per side game is set at 23:56 IST (Indian Standard Time). This revised schedule accounts for a 10-minute interval, while omitting the timeouts to expedite the proceedings. If the game commences on time and the first innings of 20 overs is completed, but rain interrupts play after the completion of five overs in the second innings, the result will be determined using the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method.
The Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method is a mathematical formula used to calculate target scores in rain-affected matches, ensuring a fair outcome based on the resource utilization at the time of interruption. It takes into account various factors such as wickets in hand, overs remaining, and the scoring rate of the team batting first.
While the possibility of a truncated five-overs per side game adds an element of excitement, cricket fans and players alike remain hopeful that the rain gods will be merciful, allowing for a full contest with the standard 20 overs per side. However, the provision for a five-overs game showcases the organizers’ commitment to completing the match and determining a champion, even in challenging weather conditions.
As the IPL 2023 final builds towards its climax, fans eagerly anticipate a thrilling showdown between two formidable teams. The revised schedule and the inclusion of the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method highlight the adaptability and fairness that are integral to the sport. Regardless of the playing time or the format, the focus remains on providing a fitting finale and an enthralling spectacle for cricket enthusiasts around the world.