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‘India’s day of disgrace’: When the 1996 Ind vs SL 1996 World Cup match was deserted

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It has been 25 years (and someday) for the reason that notorious India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 1996 encounter at Calcutta passed off, which resulted in an unpleasant style; the gamers strolling off the sphere when the Indian crowd received hostile.

Sri Lanka was cruising in direction of a convincing victory within the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 courtesy of a stellar knock from Arvinda De Silva, when the Indian crowd began throwing bottles and objects on the bottom.

Sri Lanka handed India a goal of 252 runs from 50 overs which the blue shirts by no means appeared set on attaining. India’s batting line up, save for Sachin Tendulkar, collapsed like a home of playing cards, establishing a straightforward victory for the guests.

At 120/8, it appeared sport, set and match for Sri Lanka earlier than the Indian crowd, sensing their group was headed for defeat, began throwing bottles onto the bottom.

The match referee Clive Lloyd had no choice however to rule that Sri Lanka was awarded the sport. The choice induced much more boos and hooliganism from the Indian crowd at Calcutta.

A couple of benches within the stadium had been additionally lit on hearth by the protesters.

“The police are circling the ground. There are 110,000 people in the crowd and uh, that makes it a bit scary,” commentator Tony Greig will be heard saying within the video.

“This is a very disappointing performance by the folk here in Calcutta. The Bengalis love their cricket but they have to learn to lose as well,” says Grieg.

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