Gary Kirsten set the tone for the South African assault on the tri-series by scoring a masterly unbeaten 133 against India at Johannesburg. The left-handed batsman amassed 373 runs off five knocks in the middle, which included two centuries and a fifty. Kirsten struck a cracking 87 against India in the final to power South Africa to a glorious win. Kirsten averaged 93.25 with the bat and the runs came at a strike rate of 84.77, truly remarkable even by his own standards. The opening batsman will be the man to watch out for during the Test series.

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