Lucknow: Robust winds led to a number of hoardings falling from the roof of the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow on to the seats beneath in the course of the ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between Australia and Sri Lanka on Monday (October 16). The incident occurred following a quick interruption in play resulting from rain. Subsequently, a mud storm, accompanied by heavy winds, brought about a number of iron angles carrying branding materials to dislodge from the stadium’s roof, leading to them falling into the lower-level seating areas.
Luckily, the state of affairs didn’t escalate, because the stands had been comparatively empty on the time. Nonetheless, it did create a way of panic amongst these current on the venue in the course of the match. Spectators had been promptly instructed by way of public bulletins to relocate to the protection of the higher decks.
After the match, Australia’s leg-spinner, Adam Zampa, who delivered a outstanding efficiency with figures of 4/47, expressed his astonishment, saying, “By no means been part of that, by no means seen one thing like that. However there was nobody damage hopefully. There was a metallic pole coming down; I’ve by no means seen something like that.”
By the graduation of the second innings, safety personnel had efficiently moved all spectators to the higher ranges to make sure their security.
Scary scenes at Ekana Stadium, Lucknow.
Hoardings are falling and followers working for canopy. #AUSvSL #AUSvsSL
— Ishan Joshi (@ishanjoshii) October 16, 2023
It’s price noting that Ekana Stadium lately hosted its inaugural World Cup match, a contest between Australia and South Africa. The stadium is ready to host a highly-anticipated fixture, the India versus England match, scheduled for October 29.
Speaking concerning the Australia-Sri Lanka match, Sri Lanka batted first and posted 209 in 43.3 overs, a complete which was chased down by Australia in 35.2 overs with 5 wickets in hand. This was Australia’s maiden win within the 2023 version of the World Cup following losses to India and South Africa of their first two matches.
(WIth Inputs From PTI)