Riot ends India's cricket dream

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 March, 1996, 12:00am

India's World Cup cricket dream ended in disgrace last night after furious home fans rioted during the semi-final in Calcutta and forced match officials to award the game to Sri Lanka.

The 110,000 crowd began throwing projectiles onto the pitch and lighting fires in the stand as India, chasing 251, slumped to 120 for eight. The collapse, which saw seven wickets tumble for 22 runs, was too much for the home supporters.

Sri Lankan players huddled in the middle of the pitch for protection as riot police tried to restore order. The players were then led off.

An attempt to restart the match 15 minutes later was aborted as fans again threw missiles. Indian batsman Vinod Kambli was led off the pitch in tears as it was announced the match had been abandoned.

Sri Lanka will play Australia or the West Indies in the final.