Swarm of bees stops play at South Africa ODI

Players lay low as a swarm of bees storm the field during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on Saturday.  AFP PHOTO
Players lay low as a swarm of bees storm the field during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on Saturday. AFP PHOTO

JOHANNESBURG AFP Feb4, 2017 : A swarm of bees halted play and left the teams prone on the pitch during the third one-day international between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Sri Lanka had just lost their fourth wicket with the total on 115 in the 25th over when, with new batsman Asela Gunaratne about to face his first ball, the slip fielders dropped to the ground.

Other players followed and there was a short delay. At one time all 13 players and both umpires were lying face down on the field as the bees buzzed about.

Play resumed but midway through the 27th over the bees converged on a helmet which had been placed behind wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and the umpires stopped play.

Ground staff at Wanderers Stadium emptied the contents of two fire extinguishers into the swarm.

The players returned after a delay of more than 20 minutes but again left the field because there were still bees in the area where de Kock needed to stand.

Sri Lanka dismissed for 163

Sri Lanka were all out for 163 after being invited to bat first in the third ODI against

South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday. Niroshan Dickwella top scored with a splendid 74.

Scores: Sri Lanka 163 in 39.2 overs (N Dickwella 74, U Tharanga 31, K

Rabada 2/39, D Pretorious 3/19, A Phehelukwayo 2/26, Imran Thahir 2/21) v South Africa.

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