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The playoffs have begun

IPL playoffs have commenced and we already saw a huge upset as Rising Pune Supergiants defeated the in-form Mumbai Indians to qualify for the IPL finals. Today Sunrisers Hyderabad will play Kolkata Knight Riders and the winner of the match will play the loser of the first match i.e Mumbai Indians for a place in the final.

Bangalore's weather forecast

According to the weather forecast, Bangalore should expect thunderstorms and rains as the weather. This means that there is a high possibility that we'll see a rain interrupted or a cancelled playoff match.

The stadium already saw rains!

For what is a major concern for all the cricket fans around the world, M Chinnaswamy stadium already saw torrential rains and as a result, the pitch was covered by groundsmen as seen in the image above.

So what next?

Usually, the match is abandoned and the points are shared. But since this is a qualifier match, that cannot be the case. According to IPL's official rules "For the Eliminator and each Qualifier playoff matches (where there is no reserve day), in the event that it is not possible to schedule a 5 over match to complete by the end of the extra time on the original day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of the relevant Eliminator or Qualifier match. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 1.20am (IST)"

What happens if the final is washed away?

IPL has a reserve day for the Final to be hosted on May 22 in Hyderabad should on the first day, teams couldn't play due to rain, in case of rain interrupting on the reserve day too, IPL's rulebook says "For the Final, in the event that it is not possible to schedule a 5 over match to be completed by the end of the extra time on the reserve day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of the final. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 1.20am (Final)."

And what if on the reserve day we cannot have a super over?

Once again, IPL's rulebook says "In the event that it is not possible to start the Super Over as described in paragraphs above to then complete the Super Over without interruption, the team that finished highest in the league table after the 56 matches of the regular season shall be declared the winner of the relevant playoff match or final"

This means KKR has no chance! 

Because among all the four teams, KKR is placed fourth, should the scenarios above apply, they'll see themselves being eliminated from the competition.