The summit clash of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will feature a clash between the four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday, May 29.
For the first time in the history of the cash-rich league, an IPL final will be held on a reserve day as the final of the ongoing 2023 season, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 28, was washed out due to heavy rains at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.
On Sunday, rains played spoilsport as it fell heavily continously throughout the evening due to which which the game was postponed. Although the match officials waited as long as possible to have a shortened match but it was too, deemed impossible and the final affair was eventually rescheduled for Monday.
Intrestingly, as all eyes are now on the weather report for Ahmedabad on Monday, let’s take a look how the situation is likely to be in the evening at the Narendra Modi Stadium:
While there was a prediction of heavy rainfalls on Sunday, which was also apparent, the chances of rain playing spoilsport on Monday (Reserve day) are considerably low.
Going by Weather.com, a top weather forecasting platform, the chances of rain in Ahmedabad at 7 PM on Monday (May 29) are 6% which however, substantially increases to 22% at around 8 PM. It will then fall to 19% at 9 PM, 17% at 10 PM and is expected to remain at four percent at around 11 PM.
Meanwhile, it will also be cloudy throughout the game.
On the other hand, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is expecting some light thunderstorms on Monday.
Notably, both Chennai and Gujarat had faced each other in the opener of the ongoing season at the same venue, where the hosts had won the affair.
Later, the MS Dhoni-led Chennai became the first team to qualify for the final after they outplayed Gujarat in Qualifier 1 of the tournament on May 23 at their own backyard.
Despite losing the Qualifier 1, the defending champions made a comeback as in Qualifier 2 against Mumbai Indians, Gujarat registered an emphatic win, making it to their second straight IPL final.