IPL 2022 Playoffs: Super Over to determine results if rain plays spoilsport

IPL 2022 Playoffs: Super Over to determine results if rain plays spoilsport

IPL 2022 playoff matches will have a Super Over as the deciding factor taking the inclement weather conditions into consideration.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

After 70 league matches spanning nearly two months, IPL 2022 has finally reached its climax with the playoffs and the final scheduled to be played from May 24 to 29. There will be a new champion for the first time since the 2016 season after two of the most successful teams Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings crashed out in the league stages.

As the Indian Premier League gears up to crown its latest champions at the end of this week, there are some rules that the passionate fans of the game must know well in advance. One of course is the Reserve Day rule with the other being the Super Overs rule. With the inclement weather conditions in Kolkata for this week where the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator will be held, here’s all you need to know about how all teams can get a fair chance to inch closer to the trophy.

Weather conditions in Kolkata!

What are the Super Overs rule for IPL 2022 playoffs?

A Super Over will be played to decide the eventual outcome of the playoffs and the final should any of the games be disrupted by the weather and no play is possible in regulation time. Meanwhile, it also needs to be noted that if the ground conditions are not in a position and are unplayable to conduct any of these matches then, the final result will be decided by looking at where the teams are placed in the league standings.

For instance: If the Qualifier 1 between GT and RR cannot be played due to inclement weather conditions, then it is the Gujarat Titans that will advance to the final since they are the table-toppers.

Should there be no possibility of scheduling the playoff games  in a “five-over match to complete by the end of the extra time on an original day, the teams will, if conditions permit, play a Super Over to determine the winner of the relevant Eliminator or Qualifier match,” the IPL guidelines state. In such a scenario as per the guidelines, the Super Over must begin at 12.50am to wrap up these matches.

The final on May 29 is an 8PM start which is half an hour late than the originally scheduled time. However, unlike the playoffs, there is a reserve day for the summit clash which is May 30. If things do go down to the Super Overs, it also needs to be ensured that the pitch and ground must be ready for play so that the Super Over can start at the latest within the stipulated time.