The final of the world’s most lucrative domestic T20 league will now be played on Monday.
Chennai, led by veteran Mahendra Singh Dohni, will be playing a record 10th IPL final and looking for a record-equaling fifth title.
The rain stopped briefly at around 9 p.m. local time and ground staff even took the covers off from the pitch and the square but soon rain came down heavily again.
Persistent rain left plenty of big puddles on the outfield of the more than 100,000-capacity Narendra Modi Stadium before umpires finally called the final off for the day at 10:52 p.m. after consulting ground staff and the match referee.
Hardik issued a statement on Twitter. “Unfortunately, the match could not take place today but look forward to a full house tomorrow. See you then!.”