A peculiar incident interrupted yesterdays match between South Africa and Sri Lanka when a swarm of bees stormed into the field during the 48th over. The bees took over the field of play, much to everyone’s surprise when Sri Lankan player Isuru Udana and Suranga Lakmal were batting while Chris Morris was completing his over.

Bees halting international cricket matches are not common, yet it has now happened twice to the same two teams about two years and 10,000 kilometers apart. The game though stopped on Friday lasted for only a few minutes. However, when South Africa and Sri Lanka locked horn in Johannesburg in an ODI in February 2017, the game was halted for over an hour before the swarm moved on.

The Protean captain definitely remembers the last encounter with the bees. At the post-match conference, he told to the reporters that,

It is very funny. Looks like someone’s just had a machine-gun through all the players on the field and everyone is down on the ground. Yeah, you are not brave when there is a bee or a swarm of bees flying. I think I’m brave, but not that brave! 

It is funny though when all the players and umpires took a lay flat on their stomachs as they ducked for cover, while Chris Morris thought it would be a good idea to get a few push-ups and planks in!