Cricket World Cup – “Never seen…”: Australia star shocked as Storm sees hoarding fall, fans run for cover in Lucknow. Watch

Strong winds caused several hoardings to fall from the roof of the Ekana Stadium onto the seats below during the World Cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Lucknow on Monday. After the rain stopped playing for a bit, there was a dust storm and high winds caused several iron angles with branding material from the roof to fall onto people sitting on the lower levels.

The situation could have been worse, but luckily the stands were relatively empty. However, it caused panic among those watching the match as the public announcement asked spectators to move to the safety of the upper decks.

Asked about the incident after the match, the Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampaone of the game’s star performers with figures of 4/47, said: “Never been a part of it, never seen anything like it. But hopefully nobody got hurt. There was a metal bar coming down, I’ve never seen anything similar.”

By the time the second half began, security had moved all spectators to the upper levels.

The stadium hosted its first World Cup match – Australia v South Africa – last week.

The match between India and England is scheduled to be played at the Ekana Stadium on October 29.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa revealed on Monday that he has been dealing with back spasms for the past few days, but that could not get in the way of producing a match-winning effort against Sri Lanka in the World Cup here.
The 31-year-old Zampa was named the player of the match after returning impressive figures of 8-1-47-4 as Australia posted their first win of the ongoing tournament.

“To be honest, I didn’t feel good because I had a bit of cramp in my back. I played through it for the last couple of days. Today I felt better, bowled better today,” Zampa said after the match .

“Personally, not at my best and last game especially felt I could have done better. My job in this team is to take wickets in the middle order. Didn’t quite do the last game and put pressure on the death bowlers.

“Today I felt better but nice to come out on the winning side today. It took a while to get into the game, I just had to keep that wicket attitude going, it doesn’t matter if I leaking some runs.” Australia had lost to India and South Africa in their first two matches and captain Pat Cummins was a happy man as his side ticked all the boxes against Sri Lanka.

“Yes, happy today. It was enough that nothing was said and it was just on the back of two losses…The energy in the field was nice to start with and everything else flowed.

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