After losing two wickets early, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis have consolidated the chase as South Africa went to lunch on 105-4 in Nagpur.
The 47-run partnership between Amla (28) and Du Plessis (23) is the second-highest for South Africa in the entire series and was desperately needed after the dismissal of Dean Elgar and AB de Villiers left the visitors in trouble on 58-4.
For South Africa to have a chance of chasing down the remaining 205 needed for an unlikely victory, Amla and Du Plessis will have to convert this partnership into three figures.
The longer these two bat together the more pressure India will feel.
Elgar (18) showed determination early on, but he got an inside edge of his pads which was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara.
De Villiers looked to play positive as always when he came to the crease, but it didn’t last long. Ravi Ashwin trapped him lbw for nine, giving South Africa’s chase a serious dent before Amla and Du Plessis combined nicely to settle thing down.