Police arrest 4 people over violent clash

The police today arrested four people over the violent clashes which erupted at the ODI cricket match played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Cricket stadium last night.The clashes resulted in several people including police officers being injured and the game being temporarily suspended for over half an hour. Riot police were called in to protect the players and bring the situation under control. The police said that investigations over the clashes were continuing to arrest several other individuals who are alleged to have been involved in the incident. Objects including a stone was thrown at the field where Pakistani players were making their way to a clean victory with Sri Lanka struggling to chase the 317 run mark to win.Players were called into the center of the field and both teams later left the field as police emptied one half of the stands. The clashes are believed to have begun in the upper level of the D Block between two groups who later started exchanging blows and throwing stones at each other.Violent clashed erupted outside the stadium as well with several vehicles and property being damaged in the incident.However, play resumed at around 10:05pm local time in almost half empty stands with no reduction in overs. Pakistan went on to complete a 135-run win, and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. (Colombo Gazette)

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