NEW DELHI:  India and Sri Lanka resumed their cricket Test in “unhealthy” air pollution – 18 times higher than the level considered safe – in New Delhi on Monday (Dec 4), a day after smog briefly halted play.

Sri Lankan batsmen Angelo Mathews and captain Dinesh Chandimal continued their side’s first innings at a haze-shrouded Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, with no repeat of Sunday’s protests from the visiting team.

When fielding against India, who scored 536 for seven declared, the Sri Lankan players wore facemasks and coach Nic Pothas said some had vomited on leaving the field.

Monday’s play went ahead in hazy conditions. Official indicators showed pollution at similar “unhealthy” levels to Sunday, 18 times what the World Health Organisation considers safe.

Play was halted for around 20 minutes on Sunday as Sri Lankan fielders complained of health problems and the umpires consulted the match referee and team doctors.

Play resumed but Sri Lanka protested twice more, with the visitors soon short on fielders as pacemen Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal returned to the pavilion.