IPL 2024: Chinnaswamy drainage system can drain water in 15-20 minutes if it rains during RCB vs CSK

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 clash between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will decide the last available playoff spot of the season. The threat of a washout, however, looms over the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, as forecasts suggest a 75 percent chance of rainfall between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., with thunderstorms also likely from late afternoon to midnight .

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What if the RCB vs CSK match is eliminated?

CSK will seal their place if they beat RCB or the match is called off on Saturday. If RCB beats CSK by at least 18 runs or 11 balls remaining, they will clinch the final playoff spot based on net run rate.

If the match is indeed called off, then RCB and CSK will get one point each – enough for the Ruturaj Gaikwad-led side to reach 15 points.

If the match is affected by rain, the drainage system of Chinnaswamy Stadium will come into play.

How the Chinnaswamy Stadium drainage system works

The Karnataka State Cricket Association had installed a SubAir underground aeration and vacuum drainage system at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2017.


The technology makes it possible to dry the outfield more quickly and avoid waterlogging, as officials said when the project was unveiled. The 200 horsepower machine can remove water “36 times faster” than usual systems, as it can remove water at a rate of 10,000 liters per minute. The match may start and/or resume 15 or 20 minutes after the rain stops.

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  • “I had worked at the stadium for two or three years before the underwater system was installed. I felt it was a difficult phase because when it rained a lot, a lot of water accumulated on the pitch. The stadium didn't have Bermuda turf like today back then, it was mixed turf. In some parts of the land there was more water than others and it was difficult to clean them,” Jacintha Kalyan, India's first woman land conservator, had said in a video in 2019.

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