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Bangalore, April 19, 2011
The Indian Premier League (IPL) tie between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore was abandoned here today after the city experienced sharp thundershowers in the evening and continuous drizzle thereafter.
The two teams got one point each from the washed-out game.
Umpires Rudy Koertzen and Billy Doctrove inspected the ground four times before calling off the match at 10.45 pm.
A sharp spell of summer showers in the evening left the field drenched and the light drizzle that continued for the next two hours made it impossible for the Karnataka State Cricket Association officials to salvage the tie.
Once the rains let up briefly, the ground staff toiled hard to make the M Chinnaswamy ground fit for play. Super soppers were pressed into service to suck out the waters collected on top of the covers on the pitch and the bowlers' run-up and the drenched outfield.
However, the rain gods had no mercy as it started drizzling again. A final call was taken by the two umpires and they decided to call off the 20th league tie of the fourth edition of the cash rich IPL.
Both RCB, who had lost three matches on the trot out of four, and Rajasthan, who had a mixed bag of two wins and an equal number of losses in four matches, were looking for full points today but the nature willed otherwise.
Over 5000 die hard fans waited till the end and walked back disheartened as the giant screen finally announced: "The match has been called off due to rain."