Rain often disrupts cricket, but in New Zealand it was the sun that forced players off the field on Wednesday during the one-day international between New Zealand and India.
The sun, shining down the Napier wicket, was too bright for batsmen, fielders and umpires, and senior umpire Shaun George took the players off the field with India 44 for one in reply to New Zealand's 157.
"Everyone is being protected," George said, adding it was the first time in 40 years he had experienced play called off because of the sun.
The match resumed once the sun went behind the grandstand. As always, Twitter was abuzz and at the same time dumbstruck and here's how the Twitterati reacted to the bizarre stoppage.
That is a first for me. Game called off because the setting sun is in the batsman's eyes! Surely pitches have to be laid north-south!!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 23, 2019
Sun stops play! Now I’ve seen everything
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 23, 2019
Umpires in the middle. Waiting for sun to go down. (Never thought I would type that...)
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) January 23, 2019
Cricket - where every dam thing can stop play. Sun, rain, cats, dogs, everything. — Nikhil (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 23, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 23, 2019
With inputs from AFP