IPL 2024: SRH vs GT eliminated as Sunrisers Hyderabad qualify for playoffs

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have qualified for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 after their match against Gujarat Titans (GT) was called off at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday.

IPL 2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Titans – STRONG POINTS

Visuals from the ground showed the playing area being covered in blue blankets and tires being kept on the separation areas, with soggy spots already forming in the outer areas that had not been covered. With more slightly dark clouds overhead, the chances of a match became slim until 7:15 p.m., when the covers began to come off and the super soppers worked tirelessly.

The toss did not take place at the scheduled time of 7 p.m. due to rain and a damp outfield. The rain intensified before turning into a steady downpour as the blankets and outfield remained covered. At 7:45 p.m. it was announced that the draw would take place at 8 p.m. and the match would start at 8:15 p.m. But eight minutes before the throw, the drizzle was back, and so were the blankets. As the drizzle turned into a heavy downpour and showed no signs of letting up, it became increasingly apparent that the match would be called off.

The cutoff time for a five-a-side game was 10:56 p.m., which meant the drizzle had to stop for cleanup to begin around 10:15 p.m., but as the rain showed no signs of letting up, the official decided to abandon the match. match.

On-field umpires Nand Kishore and Virender Sharma, holding umbrellas in their hands, took part in a discussion with the ground staff around 10pm to assess whether there was time to prepare the pitch for a five-a-side shootout. Eleven minutes later the referees called the captains and hands were shaken for the match to be officially called off due to rain.

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With the match abandoned, SRH moved to third place in the IPL 2024 points table with 15 points from 13 matches. If they win their remaining match against Punjab Kings (PBKS), who have already been eliminated, SRH can book their place in Qualifiers 1 with a top-two finish, provided Rajasthan Royals (RR) do not win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). during their last match.

The result also means that it will be the battle between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday for the last remaining playoff spot.

Meanwhile, GT are already out of the race for the IPL 2024 playoffs, having accumulated just 12 points from 14 matches. Last year's runners-up and 2022 champions were knocked out of the play-off race after their previous match was also abandoned due to rain, becoming the first team in the IPL to have consecutive abandoned matches without only one ball is played. The team led by Shubman Gill was scheduled to wear the lavender jersey to support cancer awareness, but did not get the chance to do so due to rain.

Last playoff spot to win

Four teams – Chennai Super Kings (14), Royal Challengers Bengaluru (12), Delhi Capitals (14) and Lucknow Super Giants (12) – are still in contention for the battle for the final spot.

If LSG win against Mumbai Indians on Friday, they will move to 14 points to stay mathematically alive, but CSK will seal the spot if they beat RCB or the match is called off on Saturday.

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