IPL 2015: Rain and reserve days' rules for playoff matches

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Bengaluru, May 18: Rain has played spoilsport in some of the matches during the Indian Premier League 2015 (IPL 8). Six of the 56 league stage matches had to be abandoned due to inclement weather.

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Now with the playoffs set to begin tomorrow (May 19), there are reserve days for 2 matches and provision for interrupted matches to be continued on the next day from the point where it stopped due to rain.

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is covered due to rain during IPL 2015 match between RCB and SRH

Qualifier 1 and Final have been allotted reserve days. However, on the original day of the match, if the contest is halted by rain. It will resume on the next day from the same point where it was stopped.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) are competing in the playoffs.

The same rules were in place during the ICC World Cup 2015. For the full set of rules, read below.

According to IPL Match Playing Conditions

When weather or other conditions interfering with IPL 2015 playoff matches, the following rules will apply

Below is a summary of the implications of any of the Pepsi IPL 2015 playoff matches being interrupted by rain or other reasons.

1. Extra time of 120 minutes is available for each playoff match.

2. A playoff match can start on the original day as late as 10.10 PM without the number of overs being reduced (10 minute interval, time-outs retained).

3. A reserve day is available for two of the four playoff matches, as follows:

a. Qualifier 1 - reserve day: Wednesday 20 May at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai starting at 4 PM

b. Eliminator - no reserve day

c. Qualifier 2 - no reserve day

d. Final - reserve day: Monday 25 May at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata starting at 8 PM

An additional 120 minutes of extra time is available on each reserve day.

4. The match officials will make every attempt to get a result on the original day. The number of overs in the playoff match may, if necessary, be reduced so that each side has the opportunity to bat for 5 overs.

5. The latest that a 5 overs per side match can start is 12.26am (ten minute interval, no timeouts) - with a scheduled finish of 1.20am. For the Qualifier 1 reserve day (4pm scheduled start), the latest start time for a 5 overs per side match is 8.26pm.

6. If the playoff match has started (at least one ball bowled) but not finished on the original day, it will be completed on the reserve day. The match will resume at the point where it stopped on the previous day. For the avoidance of doubt, any match recalculations done without the match actually restarting on the previous night will be ignored.
Note that 3 hours and 20 minute plus a further extra time of 2 hours are available for play on the reserve day.

7. If the playoff match has not started (even if the toss has taken place) on the original day, a new 20 over match may be played on the reserve day, starting at the time specified in paragraph 3 for the relevant playoff match. New toss, new team selection.

RCB captain Virat Kohli and his team-mates play football during a rain break at IPL 2015

8. Examples of the application of paragraphs 6 & 7:

a. Qualifier 1 starts and after 4 overs of the first innings, rain prevents any further play that night. The match restarts at 4 PM on Wednesday 20 May with (if conditions allow), the first innings being completed (16 overs) and the full second innings of 20 overs.

b. Qualifier 1 starts and after 4 overs of the first innings, rain stops play. The rain relents on that night such that the pitch and ground are playable at 12.44 AM and the match is reduced to 5 overs per side, the batting side bats for one further over, followed by, after a 10-minute interval, the second innings of 5 overs.

c. As for b) above, but 3 balls after the interruption (i.e. after 4.3 overs of the first innings), the rain returns and prevents any further play that night and the match restarts at 4 PM on Wednesday 20 May with (if conditions allow), the batting side completing its innings (3 balls), followed by the second innings of 5 overs.

d. The Qualifier 1 starts on time and the first innings of 20 overs is completed but after 5.1 overs of the second innings, rain prevents any further play that night and the result is decided that night under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

e. After the toss for the Final, no play is possible that night - a new 20 over per side match starts at 8 PM on Monday 25 May. Each team can select a new team.

9. For Qualifier 1 and the Final, in the event that it is not possible to schedule a 5 over match to be completed by the end of the extra time on the reserve day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of that playoff match. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 9.20 PM (Qualifier 1) or 1.20 AM (Final).

10. For the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 playoff matches (no reserve day), in the event that it is not possible to schedule a 5 over match to complete by the end of the extra time on the original day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of the relevant playoff match. This means that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest by 1.20 AM.

11. In the event that it is not possible to start the Super Over as described in paragraphs 9 and 10 or to then complete the Super Over without interruption, the team that finished highest in the league table after the 56 matches of the regular season shall be declared the winner of the relevant playoff match.

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