Kolkata:A candid South African batting mainstay Jacques Kallis profusely thanked the weather god for keeping his team alive in the ongoing second Test against India on Wednesday.
Pushing for a series-levelling win, India had just 34.1 overs at their disposal today in which they knocked off three South African wickets before intermittent drizzle and bad light dropped early curtains on the day's proceedings.
South Africa finished the penultimate day at 115 for three, still trailing the hosts by 232 runs.
"We are thankful for the weather. A good day for us and the weather helped us today," said Kallis.
South Africa is banking on in-form Hashim Amla, who is batting on 49, to save the match and Kallis said there was no demon in the track either.
"The wicket is still very good for batting. There is a little bit of a turn but not as much as you probably come across normally in the sub-continent. There is also not much in it for the seamers but as far as batting conditions are concerned, it is as good as it gets.
"Hashim has been in great form and he needs to keep it going and I know he is hungry for that. But it also an opportunity for Ashwell (Prince) and JP (Duminy) to turn their form around," he said.
He said the South Africans so far has tackled Indian spin attack well and they can survive 90 overs tomorrow.
"Harbhajan (Singh) got little bit more bounce and was bit quicker but there is not as much turn. The guys have turned the spinners well so far. There is no reason we cannot survive 90-odd overs," Kallis asserted.
"The guys have good game-plans and if we can just keep positive and keep the pressure on India, anything can happen," he said.
Kallis singled out Amla and said the right-hander was mentally strong enough to cope with the pressure.
"He has been in fantastic form. The biggest lesson of all when you are in good form don't give it away. He is mentally very strong, has good powers of concentration, knows his limitations and knows his game-plan very well and executed it very well and stuck to it," said Kallis.
On his own dismissal, Kallis said, "frustrating and light did not have a role in it".