Live report: KKR confirm top-two finish, GT eliminated

13 May 2024

Match abandoned without a ball bowled

19m ago

A wrap of today's action

GT vs KKR - Figure 1

A combination of lightning and rain forced the first abandoned game of IPL 2024 in Ahmedabad on Monday, and in the process confirmed two things: Kolkata Knight Riders' top-two finish in the league stage and Gujarat Titans' elimination from playoff contention.

24m ago

Called off: KKR finish top two, GT eliminated

Sorry for giving ya'll false hope, folks. Just when it looked like a toss was possible, the teams have come together to shake hands and end the suspense. A shame for the GT fans who would've wanted to see their team play their last home game of the season. This would've also been the GT game where they wear lavender jerseys in support of breast cancer awareness. Unfortunately, that won't get the visibility.

31m ago

We could have a game!

If you've been hanging around patiently for so long, then we may have some good news. Players from both teams are in the field and chitchatting. The covers are also being removed. The cut-off time for a five-overs-a-side game is 10.56pm IST. Could we sneak a match in?! It is still drizzling, but lightly.

This photo is from a short while ago. Right now, live photos show KKR captain Iyer chatting with the match officials. I doubt KKR would want to play and put their players at risk of a potential injury if the outfield is slippery. If called off, GT would be disappointed not being able to turn out for their home fans in their last home game of the season.

The rain isn't heavy. But it isn't zero. And neither is the ground fully ready.

Once called off, KKR's top-two finish will be confirmed, as will be GT's elimination.

2h ago

England players begin their exit

Big implications for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru already. KKR will also miss Phil Salt in the knockouts.

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2h ago

Words from KKR's Salt and Rana

Nitish Rana: Yes my hand is fine but the finger that has been an issue I cannot show it to you because it is my middle finger. I have never had such an injury before and I haven't sat out this long before so it has been rough. The frustrating part is you want to be out there and perform. But ultimately the action happens in the 22 years. It's been tough because in life I have not been watching cricket on the bench. But appreciate KKR management for telling me that even after 10 games, they trusted to bring me in.

"I don't want to jinx it but winning is a habit. And in KKR, we have got belief this season in each others' performances. I think GG has helped a lot, he has brought awareness in the game. This we have been able to see this season on the field and in the dressing room."

Phil Salt: "The chat before the game today was about not letting up. GG has been pretty solid in how he wants us to play for the team. He told us that we should play the same way even after qualifying. (Comparisons with Lynn) I feel I have bit more hair and leaner muscles, sorry Lynny [laughs] The different surfaces in India, it doesn't vary too much really. I've enjoyed at Eden Gardens but we've had some good wickets away as well. Its about adapting on the day. (KKR's balance between bat and ball) Our point of difference is that we've got Sunny. That's like playing wth 13 players realistically because he adds a lot of depth. (Batting with Narine) He's really chilled, we remind each other what we're good at. Gujarat are a good side and they are not to be taken lightly, even though they are further down on the table."

3h ago

Rain, rain, go away

The fans have taken shelter again as we have another downpour. Wonder how the spinners (Rashid, Noor, Varun, Narine) will do with the wet conditions around.

While we wait, here's a fascinating chat with McClenaghan and Aaron over which five spinners they'd choose to bowl all 20 overs of a T20 game.

3h ago

Some better news...

We now know the reason behind the delay. The storm earlier in the evening has torn some banners and those banners have rolled over and on top of the floodlights.

Some floodlights have come on, but the rest are off till the banners are being removed. Sadly, the weather is delaying the battle I am most excited for today: Russell vs Rashid.

4h ago

Lightning, rain delay the toss

Looks like wherever KKR go, incessant weather follows. After a rain-curtained game at home, they have now brought the thunder and lightning all the way to Ahmedabad.

The main square is covered and the floodlights are off.

4h ago

Can GT stop KKR's juggernaut?

Welcome to match 63. Gujarat Titans stand only one place above the two eliminated teams, with only a small chance of making the playoffs.

Kolkata Knight Riders have a chance to confirm the top 2 with a game to spare. With the playoffs confirmed already, and form suggesting a top-two finish at some point, do they give Rahmanullah Gurbaz game time? Remember, England players, like Phil Salt, are set to leave soon to join their national team.

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