Kolkata, Apr 24: A winless Deccan Chargers have finally earned a point courtesy of a rain-hit game against Kolkata Knight Riders, which was eventually called off due to heavy showers and storms at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
With the points shared, the Chargers have opened their account after failing in five games, but remain at the bottom of the table. Kolkata remain second with nine points, a point less than first place Delhi Daredevils.
Heavy showers for almost an hour delayed the start of the match as groundsmen with the help of supersoppers, tried their best to remove the knee-deep water as water-logging on the sidelines and dug-outs was a concern.
Field umpires Billy Bowden and Vineet Kulkarni, accompanied by Match Referee Javagal Srinath, inspected the ground at 10.15pm but only to call off the match as they were patches of water all over the ground.
"It's unfortunate that weather beat us. We had to make the toughest decision to call off the match. The ground has taken a lot rain. After inspection we found out the outfield soggy. It's not safe for players with waterlogging in places," umpire Bowden said.
Reports have confirmed that a bamboo-built stand had collapsed due to heavy rain causing injury to three spectator. CAB joint-secretary Biswarup Dey said three persons received minor injuries but were discharged after medical examination.
"Stadium medical services confirmed that three sustained minor injuries. They were rushed to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute. All the three have been discharged after examination," Dey said in a statement.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) announced refund of money for the abandoned match or fans can exchange tickets for any future IPL matches.
"Purchased ticket holders can get refund in cash at the Mohammedan Sporting ground after May 7. The tickets can also be exchanged for any of the three upcoming fixtures of April 28 (versus Royal Challengers Bangalore), May 12 (vs Mumbai Indians) and May 14 (Chennai Super Kings) subject to availability," an announcement said.