- The cricket world got a glimpse into the new normal of living in South Africa during an energy crisis
- During the Bangladeshi national anthem ahead of an ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup match against South Africa, loadshedding in Potchefstroom struck
- Thankfully, the JB Marks Oval was prepared for it, with the backup generators kicking into gear
Loadshedding has become the bane of all South Africans.
Unfortunately, the world was given a taste of what it is like to sit between four and 14 hours (if not more) without electricity because of planned power cuts.
During the singing of the national anthems ahead of South Africa's crucial ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup Super Sixes encounter against Bangladesh, Eskom struck. As the Bangladesh team sang their anthem, the power inside the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom went out. Thankfully, one of South Africa's most underrated sports venues' backup generators kicked in to compensate for the loss of power.
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The stadium speakers came back on and the anthem continued almost seamlessly. In the end, the Proteas defeated the Tigresses by five wickets, reaching 108/5 in response to the visitors' score of 106/6
Presenter wiped out by player
Respected cricket broadcaster Zainab Abbas was almost given something painful to cry about during an SA20 match between Mumbai Indians Cape Town and Sunrisers Eastern Cape at Newlands Cricket Stadium.
Abbas was conducting an interview on the boundary when the explosive Marco Jansen hit the ball in her direction. One of the MI Indians fielders dove in a failed attempt to prevent a 'four', sliding into an unsighted Abbas.
There was a moment of concern for her, but she got up like nothing had happened, laughing it all off.
Loadshedding to hit SA20
It does not really matter who you are - unless you are seriously connected - when it comes to loadshedding.
It turns out the much-anticipated SA20 tournament will not be exempt from it, with all the venues hosting matches for this critical tournament set to experience it like everyone else.
According to SA Cricket Magazine, certain sports events have been relieved from loadshedding by failed power utility Eskom during the worst power cuts in the country's history. However, this won't be the case in a competition that is crucial to the survival of local cricket financially.