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Unruly crowd behaviour forced suspension of match

The fourth cricket one-dayer between Indian and Sri Lanka was suspended for 22 minutes after a stone was hurled at Indian player Pragyan Ojha during the Sri Lankan innings in Colombo on Thursday.

cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2009 22:43 IST

The fourth cricket one-dayer between Indian and Sri Lanka was suspended for 22 minutes after a stone was hurled at Indian player Pragyan Ojha during the Sri Lankan innings in Colombo on Thursday.

The Indian spinner was fielding at the deep fine-leg region when a small stone was thrown at him, prompting Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to take his team out of the field.

Dhoni spoke to both the umpires -- Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharamsena and BG Gerlin of South Africa -- before taking his players off the field.

Sri Lanka was 108 for 2 in 17.2 overs when the incident took place.

Dhoni was later seen talking with match referee Chris Board near the boundary line. Broad then had a word with the two umpires and officials of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Play resumed after extra police officials were deputed in the troubled area.

Sri Lankan crowds are generally known to behave well and the stone pelting incident at R Premadasa stadium came as a surprise.