Remembering Desmond Tutu: The Day the Proteas Celebrated the Arch's Birthday with a Big Win

Remembering Desmond Tutu: The Day the Proteas Celebrated the Arch's Birthday with a Big Win

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • Former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu passed away at the age of 90 on the Day of Goodwill (26 December)
  • The Nobel Prize winner had been battling prostate cancer before succumbing to it at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town
  • Tutu was a guest of honour at a one-day international match between South Africa and Australia in 2006, with the winner of the match receiving a trophy also named in his honour

The world continues to mourn the passing of the late, great Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who passed away on the 26 December at the age of 90 years old.

People and organisations all over the world have shared fond memories of the encounters with Tutu and among these is between him and the South African cricket team.

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Former captain Graeme Smith and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu before and after South Africa beat Australia in an ODI in 2006. Image source: Touchline Media and Cricket South Africa/Getty Images
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The archbishop was a guest of honour at a ODI match between old foes South Africa and Australia on 3 March, 2006. The match - the second of the now-legendary Standard Bank ODI Series - was dedicated to him in honour of his 75th birthday, with the teams competing for a one-off Strength In Diversity Trophy, named after the Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust.

Going into the match 1-0 up in the series, the Proteas honoured him with an outstanding performance. Reaching 289 for the loss of seven wickets in their 50 overs, they then unexpectedly rifled out the world champions, Australia, for a paltry 93, winning by 196 runs. Makhaya Ntini took a career-best six wickets for just 22 runs in 9.3 overs.

A jovial Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, presented the trophy to then-captain Graeme Smith in front of a jubilant Newlands Cricket Stadium. The rest of the series is the stuff of legend.

The Baggy Green fought back to level the series 2-2 going into the fifth and final ODI at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium. The Proteas chased down a daunting, world record score of 434, reaching 438 to round off what is now regarded as the greatest one day international match of all time.

KL Rahul leads Indian charge on Day 1, Lungi Ngidi shows some Protea fire

India heads into day two of their five-day test against South Africa on the front foot, thanks to a brilliant century by KL Rahul.

Rahul notched up 122 not out from 248 balls as India finished the day on 272/3, with Lungi Ngidi taking all three of the Protea's wickets.

Apart from Lungi Ngidi, South Africa's other bowlers didn't have much success, leading ESPNCricInfo to question whether the Proteas made the right selections for the game.

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