The Cricket World Cup clash between South Africa and Sri Lanka was interrupted on Friday – when a swarm of BEES swept across the ground.
The match at Chester-le-Street, Durham, had to be stopped for a short time before the end of the first innings.
The players and umpires had to lie flat, face first, on the ground while they waiting for the bees to clear.
The bizarre interruption did not last long though and they were able to complete the innings after the brief interlude.
Sri Lanka ended up losing to dent their hopes of pipping England to a semi-final spot.
Victory for Sri Lanka would have moved them level on points with the tournament hosts, but they lost wickets at regular intervals, a number of their batsmen bogged down on a slow pitch as they posted 203 all out.
The paltry target provided few problems for Amla (80 not out) and Du Plessis (96no) in a 175-run partnership which carried the Proteas, already eliminated from contention for the knockout stages, to a thumping nine-wicket win.
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The duo, with more than 300 one-day international appearances between them, overhauled the total with 12.4 overs to spare, largely eschewing risk but keeping the scoreboard ticking over, contrasting sharply with Sri Lanka’s batsmen.
The Cricket World Cup has produced many moments of magic over the years since the first tournament in 1975.
Australia have won four of the last five tournaments but it is England who go into it as favourites on home soil.
The tournament starts on Thursday with the hosts facing South Africa at The Oval and you can hear regular updates live on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.
There have been plenty of headlines and controversy along the way off the pitch.
Freddie Flintoff was stripped of the vice-captaincy after the pedalo incident in 2007, Shane Warne missed the 2003 tournament because of a failed drugs test and Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room on the eve of the 2007 competition.
But there have been plenty of iconic moments on the pitch and here at talkSPORT.com we have ranked the most memorable moments.
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10. Kapil Dev’s 175 not out for India against Zimbabwe in 1983
This was a heroic innings from the Indian great in tough circumstances against Zimbabwe in 1983.
In the match at Tunbridge Wells, Dev came to the crease with his side 9-4 and they slumped to 78-7 with little chance of posting a respectable total.
Dev smashed 175 not out from 138 balls to help India to 266-8 with the next highest batter scoring 24.
Zimbabwe were all out for 235 in reply.
9. Martin Guptil’s record innings in 2015
Guptil hit the highest individual score in World Cup history with this innings of 237 not out in New Zealand’s quarter-final with the West Indies in 2015.
He scored an incredible 137 runs from his last 52 deliveries to etch his name in the record books.
8. Viv Richards’ hundred in the 1979 final
A brilliant 138 not out from Richards took the game away from England.
The West Indies were 99-4 when he came to the crease and ended up helping them to 286, which proved too much for their opponents and sealed their second World Cup win.
7. Sri Lanka shock Australia in 1996 final
Sri Lanka co-hosted the tournament and they were helped into the final when the West Indies and Australia forfeited their group matches due to safety reasons.
The favourites, Australia, had no answer to Aravinda de Silva who hit 107 not out to win the trophy.
6. Herschelle Gibbs’ drop in 1999
A bizarre incident between Australia and South Africa in their Super Six clash, which proved costly for the latter.
Gibbs caught Steve Waugh, who was on 56 at the time, and in his haste to throw the ball up in celebration dropped it. Waugh allegedly asked Gibbs ‘how does it feel to have dropped the World Cup?’
Gibbs maintained the catch should have stood but Waugh went on to make 120 not out as the Australians clinched the win with two balls to spare.
5. Sachin Tendulkar and the 1996 semi-final
India were cruising in this match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata until Tendulkar was stumped off Sanath Jayasuriya, which led to a collapse.
Seven wickets for 22 runs saw the crowd begin to throw objects on the pitch and set fire to seating.
The match was abandoned and the win given to Sri Lanka.
4. Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep in the 1987 final
We are still waiting for England’s first ever World Cup win and that might not be the case if it were not for Mike Gatting’s dismissal all those years ago.
Chasing Australia’s 253, Gatting and Bill Athey were cruising to a win at 135-2. Part-timer Allan Border dismissed Gatting when he decided to reverse sweep his first ball and was caught by wicket-keeper Greg Dyer.
From that position England slumped to 246-8 in one of their best chances to win the competition.
3. Kapil Dev’s catch in 1983
The dominant West Indies were on course for their third World Cup win until Viv Richards got himself out.
A mis-timed shot saw Dev have to run back from mid-on and take a catch from over his shoulder.
A brilliant grab that sparked a West Indies collapse and saw India win the World Cup.
2. South Africa and the rain in 1992
The Proteas reached the semi-final to face England in their first tournament following their apartheid ban and it ended in controversy.
They needed 22 from 13 balls when the players went off because of rain.
But after just a 12-minute delay, their target was adjusted to 22 needed from one ball and their opponents went through to the final.
1. Allan Donald run-out in the 1999 semi-final
The most memorable moment during a World Cup came in this clash between South Africa and Australia.
South Africa needed nine from the final over with just one wicket remaining with Lance Klusener and Allan Donald at the crease.
Klusener hit two fours from the first two balls to tie the scores. Two balls later, he set off for a single but Donald did not respond and they were both left stranded at the same end.
Donald made an effort to get back but Adam Gilchrist ran him out while he was in no man’s land.
Australia progressed to the final by virtue of finishing higher than their opponents in the Super Six table.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hit with a four match suspension for breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-racism code.
The world governing body announced Sarfraz had accepted the charge after aiming a comment at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second one-day international between the sides in Durban on Tuesday.
Sarfraz will miss the remaining two matches of the ODI series – with Shoaib Malik captaining the side in Sunday’s contest – as well as the first two matches of the Twenty20 series to follow.
ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature.
“Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction.”
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Sarfraz’s comments had been picked up by the stump mic during the match, and the 31-year-old wicketkeeper then apologised to Phehlukwayo on Friday, writing on Twitter: “This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology.”
1/2 – I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday's game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and…
2/3 – I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from…
South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket.
The 34-year-old has been a titanic figure in the Proteas’ middle order for more than a decade and will go down as one of their greatest ever batsmen.
De Villiers starred in the recent Test series victory over Australia – and only last year recommitted to representing South Africa in all formats after taking a break from Test cricket – but admitted his efforts have left him fatigued.
He said in a video on his Twitter account: “I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect.
“After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI’s and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.
“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.”
De Villiers amassed 8,765 runs at an average of 50.66 in Tests and a further 9,577 at 53.50 in ODIs over the course of a stellar 14 years.
Traditional strokeplay was mixed with a flair for the unorthodox, earning De Villiers the moniker of ‘Mr 360’ for his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the ground.
He holds the world record for the fastest half-century, hundred and 150 in ODIs, and is one of only a handful of batsmen to hold the number one ranking in Tests and the 50-over format at the same time.
Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani said: “AB is one of the all-time greats of South African cricket who has thrilled spectators around the world with his sheer brilliance, coupled to his ability to innovate and take modern day batting in all three formats but particularly in the white ball ones to new levels.
“What is probably more important is the inspiration he has been to his team-mates whether playing at international or domestic level and the wonderful role model he has been to all our aspiring youngsters.
“It goes without saying that he is going to be greatly missed wherever international cricket is played.”
Captain Steve Smith admitted Australia had deliberately tampered with the ball during the third Test against South Africa.
Smith said he was “incredibly sorry” for bringing the game “into disrepute” after team-mate Cameron Bancroft was caught rubbing a piece of tape, coated with dust from the pitch, on the ball while fielding.
Bancroft attempted, after speaking to 12th man Peter Handscomb, to hide the tape down his trousers but the video evidence was clear and he was charged by the match officials after play finished on day three in Cape Town.
He and Smith appeared afterwards at a press conference, broadcast live on Periscope by Cricket South Africa, at which Smith said: “The leadership group knew about it and spoke about it at lunch.
“I’m not proud of what’s happened, it’s not within the spirit of the game. My integrity and the integrity of the leadership group has come into question, and rightfully so.”
On-field umpires Nigel Llong and Richard Illingworth, both from England, took no action after speaking to Bancroft but he was charged after the day’s play.
Bancroft said: “We had a discussion with the match officials and I’ve been charged with attempting to change the condition of the ball.
“I was in the vicinity when the leadership group were discussing it. I was obviously nervous and with hundreds of cameras it’s always a risk.
“We had a discussion during the break and on myself, I saw an opportunity to use some tape and granules from rough patches of the wicket to change the ball’s condition.
“Once I was sighted on the screen I panicked quite a lot, and that’s why I shoved it down my trousers.”
Smith declined to “name names” but insisted the decision was taken by players rather than the coaching staff.
“It’s not on, it’s certainly not and it won’t happen again under my leadership,” he said.
“We thought it was a possible way to get an advantage, obviously it didn’t work. It was a poor choice and I deeply regret our actions.
“I’m embarrassed and I feel for Cam as well. Being the leader of the team, I’m incredibly sorry for, I guess, trying to bring the game into disrepute.”
He insisted, though: “I won’t consider stepping down.
“I take responsibility as captain and I need to take control of the ship. It’s something I’m not proud of, I’m embarrassed. It’s a big error in judgement and we’ll learn from it.”
South Africa took a commanding 294-run lead in the match after reaching 238 for five in their second innings, Aiden Markram with 84 and AB de Villiers adding 51 not out.
That left them on course to take a 2-1 series lead into next week’s final Test in Johannesburg but the match was overshadowed by the Bancroft incident.
Australia’s victory over South Africa in the first Test was overshadowed by an off-field bust-up between two players.
Footage emerged after the match in Durban of David Warner, the Australia opener and vice-captain, attempting to confront South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock outside the dressing rooms at Kingsmead.
Warner can be seen getting moved away from the incident, which took place on day four of the Test, by his team-mates on the staircase as he directed his anger towards De Kock.
It has been alleged that the outburst was prompted by De Kock making personal comments about Warner’s wife, Candice.
The matter is now in the hands of the International Cricket Council, according to a Cricket Australia spokesman.
“Following the end of the second session there was an incident involving David Warner and Quinton de Kock on return to the change-rooms,” the spokesman said in a statement published on CA’s official website.
“The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and match referee.
“Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played.”
De Kock was back in the middle at the start of day five and was the subject of an unsuccessful appeal from the opening delivery of the day, Mitchell Starc’s hat-trick ball, when he was hit on the pad.
But De Kock was not so lucky shortly after as Josh Hazlewood trapped him lbw and, despite asking for a review, was given out for 83 as South Africa were dismissed for 298, giving Australia a 118-run victory.
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