Crowd trouble in India's march to victory
Pallekele, Aug 27 (PTI) Crowd trouble forced the umpires to stop play for about 35 minutes when India were cruising to a series clinching victory in the third ODI here today.
India were 210 for four after 44 overs, needing another eight runs to win, when players were sent back into the dressing room, following the rowdy behaviour from Sri Lankan supporters, who resorted to throwing bottles into the field of play.
Security forces were called to clear the spectators from some of the sections in the gallery before the match resumed.
The scenes were reminiscent of 1996 World Cup semifinals at the Eden Gardens where India had to forefeit the match against Sri Lanka following crowd trouble.
Rohit Sharma was batting on 122 and M S Dhoni on 61 when play was halted.
On a lighter note, Dhoni was seen taking a power nap on the field as the umpires worked towards resuming the action