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14th November, 1991: South Africa’s Maiden Win After International Return

On this day in 1991, South Africa won their first international game after making a return to international cricket after an exile of 20 years. Only once has a cricket team being reprimanded and kept away from the field of play due to political reasons.

Cricketnext Staff |November 14, 2018, 12:15 AM IST
14th November, 1991: South Africa’s Maiden Win After International Return

On this day in 1991, South Africa won their first international game after making a return to international cricket after an exile of 20 years. Only once has a cricket team being reprimanded and kept away from the field of play due to political reasons.

South Africa’s troubles with race and colour and the representation of the same in their cricket team meant the gentleman’s game was not impressed and the Proteas were asked to clean up their act.

They made their comeback in 1991, playing a three-match ODI series against India. The hosts had won the first two games but the away side showed their mettle in the final game.

India elected to bat first and on the back of tons from Ravi Shastri (109*) and Sanjay Manjrekar (105), posted a tall score of 287/4 in their 50 overs.

In reply, South Africa lost Jimmy Cook early but the pair of Kepler Wessels (90) and Peter Kirsten (86*) shared a 111-run stand to give them the platform and the latter then combined with Adrian Kuiper (63*) to take their side home with eight wickets in hand.

Incidentally, it was Clive Rice’s first and only win for his country as a captain, as he was controversially left out of the side ahead of the 1992 World Cup in Australia.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 India 8411 263
4 Australia 5471 261
5 South Africa 4407 259
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