5 Instances where crowd impacted the match result in International Cricket

5 Instances where crowd impacted the match result in International Cricket

Here we look at some of the significant International games where the result was affected by the crowd's involvement.

Vinod Kambli
Vinod Kambli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The COVID-19 outbreak has put a break to International Cricket and has created a possibility of the sport playing behind closed doors. Many players have raised voices about how the spectators make an impact on their spirit levels while playing and their absence could create a new challenge.

At the same time, there are few occasions where the crowd’s outrage caused trouble to the play in whatever way. There are also instances where the crowd went as far as getting the match result fabricated to cover up the disturbances.

Here we look at some of the significant International games where the result was affected by crowd involvement:

5. India vs Sri Lanka in 1996, Kolkata ODI:

The Kolkata’s Eden Gardens hosted the semi-final of the 1996 World Cup between India and Sri Lanka. The home team India elected to bowl first and picked up wickets of both openers in the very first over. Javagal Srinath dismissed Sri Lanka’s top three who collectively scored two runs. Aravinda de Silva smashed 14 fours during his 47-ball 66 while Roshan Mahanama scored 58 before getting retired hurt. Their fifties helped the Lankans to finish with a solid total of 251/8 in their 50 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar continued his batting form with a crucial fifty in the big chase. He scored 65 from 88 balls with 9 boundaries during his 96-minute stay at the crease. India were 98/1 in 22.3 overs before Sachin was dismissed stumped in the bowling of Sanath Jayasuriya. In the space of 70 balls, India lost seven wickets and managed to score only 22 runs. They were reduced to 120/8 in 34.1 overs with Vinod Kambli batting on 10* off 29 while Anil Kumble just arrived at the crease.

The crowd began their violent acts when India needed 132 in 15.5 overs. Match referee Sir Clive Lloyd stepped into the field to take a call as the crowd set fire in the stands and threw objects on the ground. No more play was possible as Lloyd called off the match and the game was awarded to Sri Lanka by default. The interruption caused by the crowd thus affected the result and ruled out the possibility of a miracle from Indians. The Lankan team later clinched their maiden World Cup title by defeating Australia in the final.