Cape Town - Proteas skipper AB de Villiers says he was annoyed with the bee interruption during the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
Play in the Pink ODI was interrupted when a swarm of bees converged onto the field, which saw all 13 players, including the umpires, lying face down on the field.
Ground staff at the Wanderers had to empty out the contents of two fire extinguishers into the swarm.
The players returned after a delay of more than 20 minutes but left again as there were still bees in the area where Quinton de Kock needed to stand.
"It was an annoying break," De Villiers told reporters at the Wanderers on Saturday.
"I think it's harder to start with the bat after a delay like that.
"We were all stiff (coming back out), some of the seam bowlers were in full flight and then had to sit in the sidelines for 30 minutes and on again.
"It's really difficult, but I think it's more of a disadvantage for a batsman to start all over again.
"I've seen it a few times before so when the slip cordon went down, I knew there were bees somewhere in the area."
Despite the delay, the Proteas cruised to a seven-wicket victory to seal the ODI series 3-0 with two matches still to be played.
The fourth ODI match will get underway at Newlands on Tuesday.
Play starts at 13:30.