Update on match: The conditions faced by the groundsmen are immense, with only a limited window of time available to prepare the ground for the game. The umpires, Nitin Menon and Rod Tucker, engaged in a conversation with commentator Simon Doull to provide insights into the situation.
Despite the initial optimism after three hours of rain, hopes were dashed as the rain returned once again. The umpires revealed that the latest possible start time for the game was 12:06 AM, giving the groundsmen an additional hour to complete the necessary preparations. The officials expressed their determination to push the game as late into the night as possible, but if the rain persisted until 11 PM, the match would have to be rescheduled for the following day.
The rain continued to fall steadily, resulting in large puddles forming on the covers, an undesirable sight for players and fans alike. The outfield also suffered due to the heavy downpour, further complicating the task of making the ground fit for play. The umpires estimated that the groundsmen would require approximately 60 minutes to ready the pitch and outfield, assuming the rain ceased.
As the rain eased slightly, the atmosphere remained tense, with spectators clinging to the hope of witnessing the epic finale they had eagerly anticipated. The anticipation in the air was tinged with uncertainty, as everyone anxiously awaited a favorable turn of events. The delays and challenges posed by the rain only added to the drama and suspense surrounding the IPL final.