Kolkata: Incessant rainfall for the past few days in the city led to the postponement of the first qualifier of IPL-7 between hosts Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab scheduled at the Eden Gardens, here today. The match will now be held at the same venue at 4 pm on Wednesday.
"Match referee Roshan Mahanama has announced the cancellation of the match because of rain. He made the decision after inspecting the ground along with the umpires. The match will now be played Wednesday," Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Subir Ganguly said.
Workers cover the pitch to protect it from the downpour at Eden Garden in Kolkata.
Both the teams had to cancel their match-eve practice Monday after the Eden Gardens was lashed with rain. The scenario remained the same Tuesday with the ground getting soaked following frequent spells of rain.
In case the weather holds up in time, there is a possibility of a five-overs per side game by 9:10 pm latest. At 5:15 pm on Tuesday, on-field umpires Nigel Llong and S Ravi had an inspection along with curator Prabir Mukherjee. After consultations, the trio were unanimous in their decision that no play would be possible as the ground would not be ready in time for a minimum five-overs per side match.
As per the playing conditions and rules of IPL, in the event that a five-overs per side game is not possible, the fate of the match will be decided on the basis of 'Super Over'. In case Super Over is not possible, then Kings XI Punjab by virtue of winning 11 matches in the league stage compared to KKR's nine games, will go through to the finals.
However, KKR will have another shot at final as they will be playing the second qualifier against the winner of the 'Eliminator' between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, on May 30.
As per IPL media advisory, the spectators, who have bought the tickets for today's game can watch the match using the same ticket tomorrow.
"Ticketholders who purchased tickets for the original match day will be able to enter the stadium on Wednesday on presentation of their original ticket (with the bar code intact) at the turnstiles. Gates will open at 2:00pm."
"Refunds will only be made to ticket purchasers if the match is cancelled without a ball being bowled on either of the original day or the reserve day as per the terms and conditions which are stipulated on the tickets. If appropriate, a separate announcement will be made regarding the detailed procedures for obtaining a refund."