Rain could play spoilsport at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday as Royal Challengers Bangalore faces Gujarat Titans in their last IPL 2023 league match, with Playoffs qualification on the line.
With GT, Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants securing qualification, RCB requires to win its final match and reach 16 points to deny Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals the last spot. With MI (14 points) featuring in the first match at the Wankhede Stadium in the afternoon, RCB (14 points) will have the advantage of playing last.
However, persistent rains in the city over the last two days is threatening RCB’s chance of grabbing full points. In case of a washout, RCB will reach 15 points and may cede the No. 4 spot to MI if it manages to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. If both, MI and RCB, lose their respective matches, RR will qualify as the last team in the Playoffs.
Rain delays start. Sudarshan says: The drizzle is back. But guess it’s not intense enough to thwart the start of the match again.
The toss will be held at 7:45 PM IST and the match will start at 8 PM.
Sudarshan: The players are out practising and so is the super sopper.
Our correspondent, N Sudarshan from the venue: “The covers are coming off. The drizzle has almost stopped.”
‘Bucketing down in Bengaluru’
Here is how the weather forecast looks in Bengaluru today, according to Accuweather.com:
Rains continue to lash Bengaluru
Hailstorm in Bengaluru!
Rain hits Bengaluru: Dark clouds and rain have begun to hover around the city.
RCB vs GT IPL 2023 squads
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Michael Bracewell, Anuj Rawat(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Dinesh Karthik, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Himanshu Sharma, Suyash Prabhudessai, Kedar Jadhav, Siddarth Kaul, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Finn Allen, Manoj Bhandage, Akash Deep, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav.
Gujarat Titans Squad: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Yash Dayal, Srikar Bharat, Vijay Shankar, Darshan Nalkande, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shivam Mavi, Matthew Wade, Alzarri Joseph, Abhinav Manohar, Odean Smith, Jayant Yadav, Pradeep Sangwan, Urvil Patel, Josh Little.