The Indian T20 League 2022 is now in its business end, with the playoffs going underway today. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is all set to host the first Qualifier and the Eliminator on the 24th and the 25th of May. However, dark clouds waver over the first Qualifier match between Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Over the last few days, Kolkata has seen heavy rains and thunderstorms. Eden Gardens has also received considerable damage. Due to the severe rains, the press box was wrecked as well. According to weather forecasts, the same might be predicted during the following three to four days. With this, the first Qualifier match is in jeopardy. The Rajasthan team also put up a post just a few hours ahead of the match showing the state of the city.
Here is the video
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 24, 2022
According to BCCI norms, if the weather delays the game, it can begin as late as 9:40 PM, with no overs lost. If it goes past that time, the final cut-off time for at least a five-over match is 11:56 PM. If the rain does not allow for that, the match will be decided by a super over, which might begin as late as 12:50 PM.
However, if not a single ball is bowled during the match, the side with the higher position in the points table is proclaimed the winner. In this situation, Gujarat will advance to the final. Rajasthan, on the other hand, will have to compete in the second Qualifier. This has caused an alarming sense of worry among Rajasthan’s fans.
In the meantime, everyone is keeping an eye on Kolkata’s weather. However, as reported by a journalist named Meghnad Bose, the indicators for the match are not promising. “#IPL2022 weather update: It’s pouring in Kolkata right now! Not a good sign for the @gujarat_titans vs @rajasthanroyals playoff match at Eden Gardens tonight Hope the rain gods show mercy and we can have a game of cricket on our hands!” he wrote in his tweet.
Here is his tweet
— Meghnad Bose (@MeghnadBose93) May 24, 2022