New Delhi: For the very first time in the Freedom series, South African batsmen showed grit and determination, and are applying themselves to save the last Test against India.
After setting a virtually impossible target of 481 runs by the hosts, Proteas took the ultra defensive approach to salvage a draw in Delhi.
South Africa lost just two wickets in 72 overs they have played in the day and scored an equal number of runs.
At stumps, skipper Hashim Amla was unbeaten on 23 off 207 balls while AB de Villiers was on 11 after facing 91 balls.
Here are the possible five reasons, why Proteas have a good chance to draw the fourth and final Test.
Lead with example: Throughout the on-going tour, Amla couldn't manage to play any significant knock. Despite that, the way the 32-year-old negotiated the India bowling attack today was simply commendable. He has certainly led the side with example. And if he continues in the same vein, South Africa will have a good chance to draw the Test.
Unbeaten AB: One of the best batsmen in world cricket, AB de Villiers is still unbeaten. His approach and the way he accompanied Amla on the penultimate day, was a clear indication that he has put a high price tag on his wicket. We know what the 'superman' is capable of doing on any give track against any opponent.
Change of track: Unlike other Indian pitches, which gave spinners too much of assistance in the series, Kotla track has proved to be a indifferent top. Rahane's ton and South African batsmen proved on day 4 that one just needs to apply himself to succeed. Even on final day, condition might not change drastically in favour of spinners.
Ultra defensive approach: On day 4, Proteas played 72 overs and scored an equal number of runs. The temperament and patience South African batsmen showcased was quite commendable. Looking at the way they played and frustrated Indian bowlers, there is no reason why they can't play the entire 90 overs tomorrow.
Under pressure: For the very first time in the Test series, Indian bowlers looked a bit frustrated as South African batsmen gave them some stiff challenge. Defensive technique applied by Saffers on day 4, will be continued on the last day of play, which might put Ravichandran Ashwin and Co. under some more pressure.