Cape Town: The deciding Test between India and South Africa is at a razor's edge as both sides have equal chance to go ahead and firm up their position on the fourth day of the Newlands Test on Wednesday.
Earlier on day three, Sachin Tendulkar cracked his 51st Test century in difficult conditions as the visitors eked out a slender 2-run first innings lead and then scalped two quick wickets to take a slight upper hand when the stumps were drawn.
Tendulkar held the innings together brilliantly to not only notch up his second century in the series but also pull India out of trouble and keep their hopes alive for a first ever series triumph on South African soil.
Apart from Tendulkar's heroic 146, Gautam Gambhir (93) and Harbhajan Singh (40) were the other notable contributors as India scored 364 in response to South Africa's first innings total of 362.
The hosts were struggling at 52 for two at close with Harbhajan Singh claiming the wickets of skipper Graeme Smith (29) and Paul Harris (0).
Alviro Petersen (22) and Hashim Amla (0) were at the crease when play came to an end on an absorbing day.
With two full days of play left in the decider India will try to capture the remaining eight wickets as quickly as possible and push for a victory.