Johannesburg - 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.
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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.