Sri Lanka steps up security after clashes

Sep 24, 2012, 08:01 IST | AFP

World Twenty20 hosts Sri Lanka are to beef up security after angry fans clashed with baton wielding police in Hambantota where the home side lost a match to South Africa, officials said yesterday

Local residents in the southern port town stormed the ground after they were told that tickets for Saturday’s match at the 35,000-capacity Mahinda Rajapakse International Stadium had been sold out, a security official told AFP.

“The crowds got very boisterous and they smashed the barricades and forcibly entered the grounds,” the official said, asking not to be named. “The baton charge did not deter them. A few thousand got in.”

Witnesses said local fans pelted stones at vehicles leaving the match venue after Sri Lanka lost the match.

Heavy rains shortened the group C game to seven-overs-a-side, which South Africa won by by 32 runs.

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