Bees swarm around an abandoned helmet as play is delayed during the 3rd One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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.
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.