Unruly crowd goes berserk in Ferozeshah Kotla

Updated: 27 December 2009 08:36 IST

Unruly crowd erupted in anger after the fifth and final India-Sri Lanka one-dayer was abandoned on Sunday because of a dangerous pitch at Ferozeshah Kotla.

Unruly crowd goes berserk in Ferozeshah Kotla
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New Dehli:

Unruly crowd erupted in anger after the fifth and final India-Sri Lanka one-dayer was abandoned on Sunday because of a dangerous pitch at Ferozeshah Kotla.

The Sunday morning crowd had come with the anticipation of another Indian win in the last match of the series and had an early reason to cheer when Zaheer Khan removed in-form Lankan opener Upul Tharanga with the first delivery of the day.

With the Sri Lankans struggling on the treacherous track and losing their top five batsmen for just 83, an Indian win looked very much on the cards and the crowd was simply incensed when Sri Lankan batsman Thilina Kandamby complained to the umpires.

The next one-and-half hours saw an on-field conference involving match officials and captains from both sides while the crowd got impatient.

Realising the chances of further play was slim, they started hurling water bottles and chair covers into the ground, while some raised banners reading "I want my money back".

They also screamed "hai hai" and "sack the curator".

Some others then started breaking the chairs in the stand and hurled it inside ground even though Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) officials, including Vice-President Chetan Chauhan, offered an adjoining pitch to Match Referee Alan Hurst in his futile attempt to save the match.

The entire outfield was littered with missiles and the security personnel were on their toes to prevent any untoward incident.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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