The Indian Premier League match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) was called off without even a ball being bowled after a thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rain lashed the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
With the match abandoned, both teams shared a point each. KKR with 9 points from 8 games are at second place while Deccan Chargers with 5 losses in as many games before the match opened their points tally with one point and are at the bottom of the table.
The thunderstorm came without a warning, when KKR captain Gautam Gambhir and his Deccan Chargers counterpart Kumar Sangakkara were getting ready for the toss.
"The ground has taken a lot of rain. In spite of some good work by the groundsmen, the outfield is quite soggy and unfit for play. After inspecting the ground we are of the opinion that the match cannot be played here," field umpire VA Kulkarni said.
Meanwhile, two spectators were injured when a temporary bamboo-built box collapsed inside the stadium.
One of the injured was rushed to state-run SSKM hospital, police said.
“Two spectators, Sambhu Prasad and Om Prakash Barui, were injured after the venue operating management box collapsed on them. They have been shifted to a hospital. Disaster management and police personnel are at the site,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Deepak Kumar Dutta said.
The met department had predicted a thunder squall with wind speed reaching between 40 and 50 kmph.