The third ODI between West Indies and Sri Lanka was halted for a few minutes due to a swarm of bees. On Sunday, West Indies won the match against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the 3rd game that was played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Darren Bravo smashed a match-winning century while Shai Hope and Kieron Pollard scored brilliant fifties for the hosts to end the tour on a high.
West Indies had won the toss and elected to field first. Sri Lanka got to a respectable total of 274 runs in stipulated 50 overs. However, West Indies easily chased the target with 9 balls to spare thanks to some stellar knocks.
West Indies vs Sri Lanka match gets halted due to a swarm of bees
The third ODI witnesses strange scenes as it was halted for a few minutes due to a swarm of bees. The incident took place in the 38th over of Sri Lanka’s innings when Anderson Phillip came to bowl. After the first ball, the bees hit the ground and forced the players as well as the umpires to lie down on the ground, facing downwards in order to save themselves from stings. The method is the best form of defence against attacks from bees.
This is not the first time a cricket match was stopped due to bees. During the 2019 World Cup, the game between South Africa and Sri Lanka had to be stopped for a while due to the same reason. Two years later, the same teams had to face a similar situation when bees swarmed over Wanderers Stadium.