Hyderabad qualifies for IPL playoffs after rain washes out its home game against Gujarat

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Sunrisers Hyderabad became the third team to qualify for the Indian Premier League playoffs after its home game against Gujarat Titans was washed out because of rain on Thursday.

Both teams were awarded one point after persistent rain forced the umpires to call off play at 10:10 p.m. local time. Hyderabad rose to 15 points and could finish among the top two if it beats Punjab Kings in the last league game and Rajasthan Royals loses to table-topper Kolkata Knight Riders.

Gujarat’s woeful season ended with 12 points from just five wins as it will finish in the bottom half of the table. It was Gujarat’s second successive washout after its previous home game against Kolkata was also abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain in Ahmedabad.

Kolkata, which has 19 points, is assured of finishing at the top of the table. Rajasthan is the other team to have already qualified for the playoffs with 16 points. Four teams — Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants — all are still in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot.


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