Kolkata washed out of Indian Premier League finals
A day of unseasonal rain in New Delhi meant mixed news for Australian cricketers bidding to compete in the Indian Premier League semi-finals.
The key match between Glenn McGrath's Delhi Daredevils and David Hussey's Kolkata Night Riders was washed out without a ball bowled.
The outcome, a tie awarding one point to each team, eliminated Kolkata from the semi-finals race while assuring the second-placed Kings XI Punjab team of Shaun Marsh and Luke Pomersbach of a semi berth.
The washout leaves McGrath's Delhi team (13 points from 13 games) with a must-win situation on Saturday in their remaining fixture against Mumbai Indians (12 points from 11 games) also at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
However that fixture too is threatened by the forecast of thunderstorms for the next three days.
A victory in that game would take them to 15 points, three above Mumbai who will then have to win their remaining two games to reach the semi-finals.
If that game is washed out as well, then one win for Mumbai will suffice.
Alternatively, if third-placed Chennai (14 points from 12 matches) lose both their remaining two matches, the Daredevils will make it to the last four.
Shane Warne's top-of-the-table Rajasthan Royals (18 points from 11 matches) are assured a place in the semis.