Centurion: Gary Kirsten steered South Africa to a strong position on the second day of their unofficial Test against India at Centurion Park on Saturday.Kirsten made 84 not out as South Africa reached 184 for two at tea in reply to India's 232. Kirsten and in-form Herschelle Gibbs put on 135 for the first wicket in 35 overs as South Africa made a brisk start to its innings. Gibbs, who made centuries in both the official Tests between the two countries, made 59 off 111 balls with 10 fours before he skied an attempted pull off Javagal Srinath to fine leg. South African debutant Jacques Rudolph, 20, survived a confident lbw appeal from off spinner Harbhajan Singh off the first ball he faced but the left-hander then batted impressively as he made 21 off 38 balls with four fours. Rudolph's innings ended unluckily when he was run out after Kirsten called for a risky second run to mid-wicket. Substitute Ajit Agarkar swooped with an athletic pick-up and threw in to the bowler's end where Rudolph was well short. Kirsten was in fluent form as he scored his 84 runs off 150 balls with 12 fours and a straight six when he used his feet and danced down the wicket to Harbhajan. Earlier, it took South Africa 28 minutes to finish off the Indian innings after the tourists resumed at 221 for eight. Ashish Nehra was caught by Nicky Boje off Mornantau Hayward at first slip for four. Javagal Srinath, who retired hurt on Friday afternoon after being hit on the left hand by Hayward, did not resume his innings. But Srinath opened the bowling for India with strapping on the hand.
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