Cuttack, Jan 29: In a virtual replay of the semifinal match at the Barabati stadium here, a swarm of bees stopped play for a while on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy Plate group final between Orissa and Himachal Pradesh yesterday.
Orissa captain Pravanjan Mullick and Niranjan Behera were at the crease in the post-lunch session when the bees invaded the ground forcing the players and umpires to fall flat on the ground to avoid the insects.
The invasion lasted barely two minutes after which play started again.
A similar occurrence had taken place on the first day of the Plate group semifinal between Orissa and Assam at the same venue on January 10 last.
The large beehives hanging from the roof of one of the galleries were removed before the second one-day international between India and West Indies here on January 21.
But the bees made an appearance today stalling the proceedings.