In a bizarre turn of events, a snake interrupted the second T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday, October 2, at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
After the seventh over of the Indian innings, a couple of South African fielders sighted a snake crawling on the field and informed the on-field officials about it. The ground staff rushed in with the necessary equipment and quickly removed the reptile.
An unofficial drinks break was taken at that juncture. However, the game wasn't interrupted for long, with the match resuming after a few minutes.
Watch the video of the unusual incident below:
Notably, Assam, like other Northeast states, has a lot of snakes, with snake sightings being a common phenomenon in the region.
Meanwhile, the ongoing second T20I of the series is of utmost importance for the Proteas. Having lost the opening encounter by eight wickets, a win is a must for the visitors to stay afloat in the three-match series.
India off to a flying start in second T20I against South Africa
South Africa won the toss and elected to field first in Guwahati. Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul looked in brilliant touch, making the most of the powerplay restrictions by scoring some quick runs.
The pair stitched together a scintillating 96-run partnership off just 56 deliveries to help the Men in Blue get off to a flying start. Skipper Rohit scored 47 off 37 balls, while Rahul struck a fine half-century before being dismissed for 57 off 28 deliveries.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj dismissed both set batters to bring South Africa back into the game after India's early blitz.
Rohit was the first to depart in the 10th over. Rahul returned to the pavilion soon after, falling to Maharaj in the 12th over.
It remains to be seen if South Africa can keep the hosts from crossing the 200-run mark.