Wet Kotla dashes Knight Riders' semi-final hopes

Updated: 26 May 2008 08:16 IST

The match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders has been abandoned due to bad onfield conditions at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.

Wet Kotla dashes Knight Riders' semi-final hopes

New Delhi:

The match between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to recurrent rains followed by bad onfield conditions at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.

Both teams received one point each and with this Knight Riders' feeble chance of making it to the semi-finals also comes to an end.

Entire north India has been experiencing unseasonal rains and they have affected quite a few IPL matches. The pitch curator and other groundpersons worked really hard to keep the pitch unaffected from the downpour and outfield dry on Thursday but weather gods had other plans. Heavy downpour in the evening spoiled the conditions.

Some play was expected with groundspersons toiling hard to remove water after it stopped raining. But, the conditions were too bad for a match with puddles of water everywhere and therefore, the two umpires decided to call it off.

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Delhi Daredevils were placed fifth with 12 points before this wash out. Now they have 13 points and consequently replace Mumbai Indians from the fourth slot.

Kolkata Knight Riders are out of the semi-final contention. They had a bleak chance if they had won all their remaining games, including this one, and Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils lost rest of their matches. Now, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings battle for the third and fourth place with Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab certain for the semi-finals.

Topics : Cricket
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