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RCB vs RR: Which side has the advantage in the eliminator in case of a washout?

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will lock horns in a high-octane clash at Ahmedabad.

New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will lock horns in a high-octane clash at Ahmedabad. It is a do-or-die contest for either side. Royals who are in disarray will enter the contest against the backdrop of back-to-back 4 defeats and a washout in the last game against KKR. This resulted in the Royals finishing in third place, one spot below the top 2.

In contrast, Royal Challengers are coming into the match on the back of 6 successive wins. The Challengers have punched above their weight to weave a sensational story that will go down into the annals of IPL history. After losing seven games of their first eight matches, Faf and his boys were virtually out of contention.

However, that’s when RCB’s story takes a dramatic turnaround. Going into the second half of the campaign RCB has displayed an exemplary performance with bat and ball to churn out victories one after another. But there can be a huge inertia on the way in case there is a washout of the eliminator. We already have seen rain playing a spoilsport in GT’s qualification attempts as well as RR’s slipping from the top 2 positions. Naturally, everyone is grappled with the same question of whether rain can turn out to be the bad boy in RCB’s remarkable ascent this season.

What happens in case of a washout of the eliminator?

Rule 13.7.3 of IPL 2024 Match Playing conditions states that an extra 120 minutes are there in case of a rain interruption. This rule was also applicable to the league stage. However, in the case of playoffs, the option of Reserve Day is also there.

Furthermore, the authorities have made sure that the option of Reserve Day is available for all the playoff matches this season. However, even after all this if there is no play between both sides (which includes the Super Over), the Rajasthan Royals will go through based on the position in which they finished on the table.