Kings XI v Knight Riders, IPL, Qualifier 1, Kolkata May 27, 2014

First IPL qualifier on amid improved weather

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab IPL qualifier at Eden Gardens, which had been postponed to Wednesday due to torrential rain, appears set to go ahead this afternoon with the weather improving in Kolkata*. "Covers off. Sun out. Eden ready. Game on am told," tweeted Sundar Raman, the IPL chief operating officer.

The match is scheduled to begin at 4 pm, while the eliminator in Mumbai, between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, will be played at 8 pm as scheduled.

If the weather or ground conditions do not permit a full game in Kolkata on Wednesday as well, overs will be reduced till it is a five-over-a-side affair. If even that is not possible, as per the playing conditions, the winner will be decided via a Super Over. The latest the Super Over can begin is 9.10 pm.

If that, too, is ruled out, then the side which finished the league stage with more wins - that is, Kings XI - will go through to the final. Thundershowers "in spots" are forecast for Kolkata for Wednesday.

The ground had been fully under covers and the outfield was under ankle-deep water in places due to torrential rain lashing the city, PTI reported. At 5.15 pm, umpires Nigel Llong and S Ravi inspected the ground with curator Prabir Mukherjee and decided that it was impossible for it to be made match-fit in time for even a five-overs-a-side game today, prompting the early postponement.

"Ticket-holders 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 2.00 pm," PTI quoted the IPL's media advisory as saying. "Refunds will only be made to ticket purchasers if the match is cancelled without a ball being bowled."

* May 28, 2014 08:05 GMT: This story was updated with news of better weather in Kolkata

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  • Android on May 28, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    so xii won the toss and will win this one. hard to depend here. 160 was not enough for14.2 overs

  • Prabhat on May 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    KingsXI vs KKR is like India vs Australia. KKR is winning coz of Indians whereas XI is winning coz of aussie boys.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Thanks Santoshg016....Please update us once you reached ground...Thanks

  • Android on May 28, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    What a shame, none of the Aussie channels are showing IPL including foxtel. Anyone knows why?

  • ZIAUDDIN on May 28, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    aashish_rathi, it is never a 40 overs match, it is always 20 overs match like for ODI we used to use term 50 over match.

    Hopefully it should be 20 over match.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    Go Viru! This is your day!

  • Santhosh on May 28, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    All of you Guys its a perfect Climate to play T20 Cricket its sunny in kolkata hope we have full 20 side match.. the Ground have been cleared up there will be no delay of starting or losing overs.. cheers

  • MOHAMMAD on May 28, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    waiting for the match to our friends in dubai waiting eagerly..its raining in kolkata and the temp. here is 40+degree.hopefully it will be a chellenging game. how are max.,mill,baily, cope up with narine shakib and chawla go on kkkkr!!!! take the winning streak to 10

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    KINGS 11 Punjab have the best batting line up and their bowling has also improved in last few matches. They are really the favorites, Narine or no Narine. They just need to take singles in his over and capitalize on other 16 overs.

    Playing 11 should be - 1). Vohra, 2). Sehwag, 3). Saha, 4). Maxwell, 5). Miller, 6). Bailey, 7). Johnson, 8). R.Dhawan, 9). Axar Patel, 10). Karamveer/Awana 11). Sandeep/Balaji.

    I wonder if they go with 2 spinners, because KKR batsmen mostly Indian, play them well, but both the spinners have done well for Kings 11 so far, so it will be a tough decision. Go Kings go!!

  • Prabhat on May 28, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Final would be played betn kolkata and Punjab it really doesnt matter this game takes place or not..Chennai is just no the team with power (they are missing death over bowler clearly) Smith performance is on the decline after the peak, no mcullum either. Dhoni has no bowler to defend. same with mumbai but mumbai has better batsman and they are peaking at the right time. so today chennai will loose mumbai will win. then mumbai will loose and final betn Kokata and Sher - e- Punjab.

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