AB de Villiers continued with his love-affair with 'Pink ODIs'    Getty Images
AB de Villiers continued with his love-affair with ‘Pink ODIs’ Getty Images

The third One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match ODI series between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Johannesburg on Saturday was a special game. It was the traditional Pink ODI , which the Proteas plays to spread breast cancer awareness. The team wears a pink kit for the game, which witnesses a good turnout. However, it was not just the cricket enthusiasts who turned up for the game at the Wanderers. A swarm of bees invaded the ground and caused a temporary pause to the proceedings. The stoppage went on for as many as 65 odd minutes, and though it remained the centre of buzz of the day, there were some other highlights as well. Check them out here: Full Cricket Scorecard: South Africa vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Johannesburg

Dropped catches… and redemption: The South Africans dropped a few catches while fielding. It started with Faf du Plessis dropping Upul Tharanga in the sixth over. The next one to get a reprieve was Niroshan Dickwella, who was dropped by JP Duminy. Then there was one dropped by Kagiso Rabada. This fielding effort was so unlike South Africa, who have the best fielders in the business in their ranks. But the hosts fixed their errors soon. Du Plessis took a one-handed stunner in the slip to dismiss Lahiru Madushanka for naught. Hashim Amla and his opening partner Quinton de Kock also snapped up good catches to redeem some pride on the field.

The pink wave: February 4 has been observed as World Cancer Day around the world. Cricket South Africa (CSA) observes it as the Pink Day to spread awareness regarding breast cancer. On this occasion, the Proteas plays the match wearing the pink kit. The stadium too is filled with people who turn up wearing pink colours and wears a festive look. In last couple of years, the Pink ODIs have become an integral feature of South Africa s home calendar.

AB de Villiers love-affair with Pink ODIs : The Pink ODI , in particular, has been lucky for South African captain AB de Villiers, who before this game averaged a whopping 97.50 in the Pink ODIs. His strike-rate wearing the pink jersey was a staggering 172.56. Incidentally, it was in a Pink ODI that the skipper scored the record 31-ball hundred against the West Indies. He kept his date with the special occasion, scoring an unbeaten 60 to guide his team home.

Bee attack: During the 27th over of the Sri Lankan innings, a swarm of bees halted play for the second time. This, however, was a longer stoppage, with the two teams getting back to the dressing room. The first invasion happened in the 25th over, when Sri Lanka had just lost their fourth wicket. Soon de Villiers and his men dropped to the ground. At one time all 13 players and both umpires were lying face down on the field as the bees buzzed about. Play resumed but midway through the 27th over the bees converged on a helmet, which had been placed behind wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and the umpires stopped play.

Ground staff at Wanderers Stadium emptied the contents of two fire extinguishers into the swarm. The players returned after a delay of more than 20 minutes but again left the field because there were still bees in the area where de Kock needed to stand. Finally, the match started after a total stoppage of over an hour. But thankfully, there was no loss of overs.

Even if there was, it would have hardly mattered as Sri Lanka were cleaned up in the 40th over and South Africa completed the chase in the 33rd.

Another Lankan collapse: The Sri Lankan batting had been poor on the entire tour. However, in a do-or-die clash to save the series, they were expected to do well. But once again, they found new ways of getting out and letting their fans down. After a solid start of 60 runs for the first wicket, the team lost all 10 wickets for 103 runs. Another implosion not just cost them one more loss on the tour, but also resulted in a series defeat.