Spectators evacuate the stadium post fire alarm on Day 3    Getty Images
Spectators evacuate the stadium post fire alarm on Day 3 Getty Images

In the ongoing first Test between New Zealand and South Africa, the fire alarms went off in the last session of Day Three. It was during the 7th over of South Africa s second innings when suddenly all the fire alarms went buzzing. At first it seemed like a small issue which was supposedly to be solved by the ground officials. But as the buzzing continued for 2-3 minutes, the ground staff had to take precautionary measures. At first, all the spectators were asked to evacuate the ground followed by team officials and players from both teams. South Africa were 14 for 1 with Hashim Amla (9*) and opener Dean Elgar (5*) battling it out in the middle when the incident took place. Commentators, ground officials, TV crews, spectators were all asked to evacuate the ground once the firefighters arrived at the venue. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin

Despite the fire alarms going on, there was no smoke spotted anywhere at the venue. As a precautionary step, the water sprinklers from the hockey stadium next door were also swung into action. After the entire stadium was evacuated, with the players of both teams in the middle of the ground, inspection was carried out by the firefighters for about 5-6 minutes. Once the inspection was done, the venue was cleared of no hazard. This situation resulted in loss of about 15-20 minutes of the game. Local media reported steam from an unknown source had set off the alarm. Live Cricket Updates: New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st Test at Dunedin

South Africa had their opener Dean Elgar and No. 3 walked-in Hashim Amla batting after the Proteas had lost their opener Stephen Cook (0) on the fourth delivery of the first over in second innings. The play resumed later with the match referee allowing 30-minutes extra time to make up for the lost time and overs.

But as the play resumed, the light had gone down which raised questions if the play could be carried out for the extra time allotted.