ICC World Cup 2019: Bees interrupt Sri Lanka-South Africa clash at Riverside Ground –Watch
The match was momentarily stopped as the bees made their way out of the stadium as quickly as they made their way in.Updated: Jun 29, 2019 08:11 IST
Rain has played spoilsport in multiple games in the ongoing edition of the ICC World Cup 2019, but the group stage clash between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw a minor interruption because of bees at the Riverside Ground in Chester-Le-Street on Friday. ((ICC World Cup 2019: Full Coverage))
On the last ball of the 48th over, the players and officials saved themselves from the swarm of bees by going down on the ground and covering their heads with their hands. The match was momentarily stopped as the bees made their way out of the stadium as quickly as they made their way in.
The official handle of Cricket South Africa uploaded the video on social media and their post read: “ When last did you see this?Bees stop play, momentarily. The bees are back again in a South Africa v Sri Lanka cricket match, this time at Chester-le-Street.
When last did you see this?— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 28, 2019
🐝🐝Bees stop play, momentarily
The bees are back again in a South Africa v Sri Lanka cricket match, this time at Chester-le-Street#CWC19 #ItsMoreThanCricket #SLvSA pic.twitter.com/Hr6K9b6f0x
Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla struck unbeaten half-centuries as South Africa cruised to a nine-wicket victory to put a major dent in Sri Lanka’s hopes of reaching the Cricket World Cup semi-finals. After putting Sri Lanka in to bat, South Africa were set a target of 204 as seamer Dwaine Pretorius took 3-25 off 10 overs
After the early loss of Quinton de Kock, already-eliminated South Africa never looked troubled as Amla (80 not out) and Du Plessis (96 not out) put on 175 for the second wicket, playing with the kind of freedom not seen before by the team in a dismal tournament for the side.
Sri Lanka needed victory to move level with fourth-placed England in the race for semi-final places, but struggled with bat and ball against an opponent who have now beaten them in 17 of their last 19 meetings.
((With agency inputs))
First Published: Jun 28, 2019 19:34 IST