World Cup 2019: Bees interrupt Sri Lanka vs South Africa match

Sri Lanka and South Africa players were comically left lying prone at one point in their World Cup 2019 match on Friday in order to avoid bees.

Laughter broke out in the stands as the supporters were treated to the odd sight of several top-class internationals ducking away from insects.   -  getty images

Though an otherwise bright and sunny day turned gloomy for Sri Lankan fans, they had a good laugh before lunch at the Riverside, as umpires and the players hit the deck to avoid a huge swarm of bees passing through the ground.

It brought back memories of February 2017, when a similar bee invasion happened during the Pink ODI at the Wanderers.


During the innings break, Dwaine Pretorius confirmed that it was a “very large swarm of bees” that caused the fear.

Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis starred with the bat as South Africa romped home by nine wickets. Needing a modest 204 to win, the Proteas cruised home with plenty of balls to spare. Though out of contention for a semis spot, du Plessis and Co. have made life difficult for Sri Lanka, which now has to depend on other teams to harbour hopes of a last-four spot.

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