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The Cricket World Cup final between Australia and India was brought to a temporary halt on Sunday when a pro-Palestinian protester invaded the pitch and touched one of the Indian players. The final was briefly disrupted as security chased a man who ran onto the pitch wearing a T-shirt supporting Palestine in front of a huge crowd in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.

A man wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘FREE PALESTINE’ printed on the front ran out onto the pitch and came into contact with Indian captain Virat Kohli, temporarily stopping play.

His mask was also black, green and red – the colors of the Palestinian flag – as the 130,000 people crammed inside the Narendra Modi Stadium watched him.

Several stewards rushed onto the grass to contain the pitch invader, who walked up to India’s Kohli and put his arm around him before being removed by stadium security.

This is the first Israeli-Palestinian protest to infiltrate international cricket since the conflict began in October and one of a growing number after Just Stop Oil activists stopped The Ashes in June with orange paint powder.

An estimated 11,000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) since the conflict began on October 7 after Hamas militias targeted a festival near Gaza, killing 1,200 in the process.

A recent demonstration in London brought over 300,000 people to the streets, and crowd protests disrupted a college football game between Yale and Harvard in the United States on Saturday.

The game was able to resume soon after, with India up to bat first. At this time, India were 172/4 after 34.4 overs, with KL Rahul still on the rise after reaching 50 off 85 balls.

Despite his earlier interaction with the protester, Kohli managed to register a half-century but Pat Cummins was bowled out for 54.

That was the first of two wickets for Cummins, who was also responsible for the dismissal of Shreyas Iyer a day after just three balls as he was caught behind a wicket delivery.

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