Bees and cricket

Australian batsman Matthew Hayden, left, umpire Billy Bowden, center, and Indian captain Anil Kumble duck away from a swarm of bees, on the third day of the third test cricket match between India and Australia, in Firoze Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi in October 2008.

Did anything like this happen in a test match earlier? Yes, a swarm of bees briefly halted play in the cricket Test between Sri Lanka and England in December 2007 when they flew across Asgiriya Stadium, forcing the players to all lie motionless on the ground.

The bees were first spotted by Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who lay down on the field during the fourth day of the first Test between the countries. The players soon followed, with both teams remaining on the ground for several minutes until the bees moved on.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who has played on the ground since his school days, said angry bees have invaded the field at least twice before.

Sri Lanka declared at 442 runs for eight wickets in its second innings to set England a 350-run target with one day left. England was 9 for 1 when bad light stopped play.

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