Heavy thundershowers, accompanied by gusty winds, swept the Eden Gardens stadium about two and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game © AFP
Heavy thundershowers, accompanied by gusty winds, swept the Eden Gardens stadium about two and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game © AFP

Kolkata: Much to the delight of the spectators, the weather gods relented as rain, which lashed the Eden Gardens throwing a question mark over the much anticipated IndiaPakistan World twenty20 match on Saturday, finally stopped, thus delaying the toss. Heavy thundershowers, accompanied by gusty winds, swept the stadium about two and a half hours before the scheduled start of the game and spectators, who had started to trickle into the stands, began to grow anxious. The entire playing area was covered, with the groundsmen sitting on them to ensure the wind did not blow the covers away. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, Group B Match 19 of ICC T20 World Cup at Eden Gardens

With the rain clearing out, the groundsmen worked on a war footing and super soppers were pressed into action to get the ground ready for the match. Around 5 pm, amidst lightning, thunder and rain, the entire stadium was enveloped in darkness. After about half an hour, the downpour halted for a bit. There were two quick drizzles thereafter, but none lasted more than five minutes. India-Pakistan T20 World Cup 2016: Eden Gardens groundstaff works diligently to ensure timely start

Heavy thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds lashed Eden Gardens about two and a half hours before the scheduled start of the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match on Saturday. The entire playing area was already covered, with the groundsmen sitting on the covers to ensure the wind did not blow them. Amidst lightning, thunder and rain, the entire stadium was enveloped in darkness.

Wrapped in layers of security, Eden Gardens is all set to host the high voltage India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash here on Saturday. But will the weather gods hold up, wonder fans. At the other end, the Earth Hour celebrations have also caused a buzz. Should you or shouldn’t you switch off lights (and your television sets) for an hour between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm on Saturday when the match would be on in full swing?