Players bow down as a swarm of bees interrupt Sri Lanka vs South Africa match of the ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup at Chester-le-Street
In a rare moment one would witness or hear ‘beeing’ happening on a cricket field, not lightning, not thunder, nor a player injury, but a swarm of bees became the reason for stoppage of play in the ongoing 2019 Cricket World Cup.
During the 35th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Riverside Chester-le-Street ground in Durham, a swarm of bees joined the players and the umpires to play some sport (spoil).
It all happened during the 48th over of the first innings, when the swarm entirely centred around the batsmen’s crease, with the spectators in the stands thinking about the decent price they paid, only to watch their favourite cricketers being threatened by a swarm of innocuous honey bees.
And unfortunately to the bees’ amazement every single person on the lush green Riverside ground, were lying on the ground against their stomach, to prevent the potential harm they were likely to cause.
Chris Morris and his exercise
However, not every other person was down due to the potential bee treat. Some players like the Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris just did so because honestly, there was no other option. He in fact, instead of lying down idly, commenced with his routine exercises, consisting of push-ups and planks.
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The World Cup clash was far from the first to be halted due to an insect invasion, but Durham is an unusual location for such an incident.
Coincidentally, both South Africa and Sri Lanka were earlier too, in the year 2017, forced to halt the passage of play at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.
When last did you see this?
🐝🐝Bees stop play, momentarily
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Regarding the ongoing match, a brilliant display of bowling by the Proteas, meant that Sri Lanka were bundled up for a paltry 203 in 49.3 overs. Kusal Parera and Avishka Fernando were the joint highest scorers, contributing 30 runs apiece in 34 and 30 deliveries respectively.
Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius were the pick of the bowlers, picking up 3 wickets apiece. Sri Lanka crash out of the World Cup if they lose their fixture today.
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