Dean Elgar brought up his 12th Test century and led South Africa’s fightback in the first Test against India in Vizag on Friday.
During his knock of 160, including 18 fours and four sixes, Elgar forced India to constantly rethink their plans.
The 32-year-old brought up his century with a slog-sweep six off Ashwin in the 60th over of the innings and became the first South Africa batsman to score a Test hundred in India after nine years.
Hashim Amla was the last batsman from South Africa to score a hundred in India during their 2010 tour.
India were in absolute control at the close of play on day 2 as Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja removed night-watchman Dane Piedt.
Resuming at 39 for 3 on day 3, the South Africa opener forged vital partnerships with captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to help the visitors reach 385 for 8 at stumps. de Kock also scored his 5th Test century.
South Africa still trail India by 117 runs but they managed to put pressure on the hosts at crucial junctures.