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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2404

Sri Lankan fans threw bottles on the field to disrupt India’s third straight victory

Colombo, 28, August, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lankan fans threw bottles on the field as India marched towards another victory in the ODI series.

Bottle-flinging fans in Pallekele caused a 35-minute disruption, and prompted the intervention of riot police, in the closing stages of India's six-wicket victory on Sunday

Annoyed with yet another lackluster Sri Lanka performance in the ongoing ODI series against India, fans at Pallekele threw bottles on the ground to disrupt the visitors' victory march.

India have dominated Sri Lanka on their long tour of the islands. The tourists had whitewashed Sri Lanka in three-Test series and won the first two ODIs.

In the 44th over of India's innings, plastic bottles began to be thrown from the two grass embankments that flank the ground - many of these projectiles made their way on to the playing area.

Ground staff were seen clearing the bottles, but more continued to be flung, thereby forcing the Sri Lanka fielders to move to the centre of the field in order to avoid being hit.

At one stage, there was doubt as to whether the match could even be concluded, because the bottle-throwing persisted for so long.

Having spent about 20 idle minutes near the pitch - MS Dhoni even finding time for a nap - players eventually shook hands and made their way off the field.

Later, however, after the embankments were cleared of spectators, match referee Andy Pycroft decided the match could continue. India required only seven further deliveries to close out the game.

This is the second crowd-related incident in Sri Lanka in the space of two years. In 2015, a fight between two groups of fans had broken out in the stands at Khettarama, and had subsequently degenerated into stone-throwing.

That incident had also caused a disruption of play, though on that occasion, no projectiles had been thrown towards the players.

Earlier in the month, fans in Dambulla had also held up the team bus in order to voice their displeasure after the first ODI. That incident, however, had not been marked by any violence.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lankan fans threw bottles on the field to disrupt India’s third straight victory
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