Rajasthan Royals’ Top-Two Finish Hopes Washed Away Amid Heavy Rains

Rajasthan Royals’ aspirations for a top-two finish were dashed as heavy rains, coupled with thunder and lightning, led to the abandonment of their crucial ‘home’ game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Barsapara Cricket Stadium. The match, scheduled for Sunday night, saw a much-delayed toss at 10:30 pm but was eventually called off at 10:50 pm without a single ball being bowled.

Earlier in the day, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) secured a victory over Punjab Kings in Hyderabad, putting pressure on the Royals to win their final league game to finish behind leaders KKR. However, the relentless rain had other plans, ensuring that SRH finished the league stage as the No. 2 team with 17 points.

Playoff Implications

With the match abandoned, SRH will now face KKR in Qualifier 1, to be played in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Royals, trailing SRH on net run rate, are set to play the Eliminator against a red-hot Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the same venue the following day.

Weather Disruptions

The rain began just five minutes before the scheduled toss at 7 pm, leading to a delay as the square was covered. Despite hopes for a brief window to start the game, the weather did not relent, culminating in the eventual abandonment.

KKR’s Playoff Advantage

The abandonment of the match has solidified KKR’s position at the top of the standings, providing them a direct route to the finals with a win in Qualifier 1. KKR announced on social media platform X that they will play Qualifier 1 for the first time in a decade, reminiscing their past triumphs and looking forward to the playoffs with confidence.

Conclusion

The rain-soaked night in Guwahati may have thwarted Rajasthan Royals’ hopes, but the stage is now set for an intense playoff battle. SRH and KKR will vie for a spot in the final, while Royals must regroup and prepare for a challenging Eliminator against RCB. The weather may have played spoilsport, but the excitement of the playoffs promises thrilling cricket ahead.

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