Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Kolkata

Heavy rain hands Deccan their first point

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

April 24, 2012

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Match abandoned without a ball bowled Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers
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The collapsed structure in the stands at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Eden Gardens, April 24, 2012
A makeshift wooden structure for security personnel came apart © AFP
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A heavy downpour drenched Eden Gardens, leaving ankle-deep water in parts of the outfield and forcing the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers to be abandoned without even the toss taking place. It took the first washout of this IPL season for Chargers to finally get a point after five consecutive losses.

A drizzle, which had delayed the toss, soon turned torrential with strong winds accompanying the rain. Despite the rain stopping within an hour, there was too much water on the ground, and the game was called off around 10.30 pm local time.

Apart from the outfield getting waterlogged, a makeshift wooden structure for security personnel also came apart, injuring three people. "There was a temporary structure housing security [that was] broken due to heavy rains and strong winds. There were three minor injuries," Biswaraup Dey, the Cricket Association of Bengal joint secretary, told ESPNcricinfo.

The structure was located in front of the J block at the ground, to the left of the club house/pavilion. Out of the injured, reportedly two were policemen and the third was a spectator.

The washout put Knight Riders second on the points table, behind Delhi Daredevils.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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