Royal Challengers Bangalore step into the IPL final on Sunday as firm favourites, but the record books and the cloudy skies are apparently bringing on the jitters.
The team has been certainly on a roll, consistently winning games and playing fabulous cricket. Surely, those in the dressing room on Sunday will be praying hard for the happy streak to continue as they face old rivals Sunrisers Hyderabad.
RCB and Virat Kohli are in peak form, and fans are hoping nothing will come in the way of the team lifting the IPL trophy this time.
However, it rained on Saturday, and the weather office is not predicting a drizzle-free Sunday either. The RCB has reached the final twice earlier and lost on both occasions.
The weather forecast suggests widely separated evening thunderstorms; otherwise, it would be a partly cloudy Bangalore.
Precipitation: 3 mm
Rain: 3 mm
Hours of Precipitation: 1 hrs
Hours of Rain: 1 hrs
There is a chance of evening showers on Sunday, but, if the weather does play spoilsport, according to BCCI rules, a reserve day is there for the final on Monday.
If rain affects the match on Sunday, the latest that a five-overs-a-side match can start is after midnight at 12.26am, with a scheduled finish of 1.20am (ten-minute interval, no timeouts).
If the final has already started (minimum one ball bowled) but not finished on an original day, it will be completed on the reserve day that is Monday. The final will resume at the point where it stopped on the previous day. To avoid any kind of doubt, any match recalculations done without the match actually restarting on the previous night will be ignored.
However, 3 hours and 20 minutes plus a further extra time of 2 hours are available for play on the reserve day.
If the match couldn’t be continued on Sunday night after the toss, a new 20-over-a-side match starts at 4pm or 8pm on Monday. Both teams can select a new playing eleven.
If it is not possible to host a five-over match to be completed by the end of the extra time on the reserve day, the teams will according to the conditions play a Super Over to determine the champion. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 1.20am.
In the event that it is not possible to start or complete the Super Over without interruption, the finalists that finished highest in the league table after the 56 matches of the regular season shall be declared the winner.