Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, India's only successful bowler with two for 107, had up to five fielders on the boundary. When Sharma took the second new ball, with South Africa already 200 ahead, he had three men on the fence.
While it may have stemmed the flow of boundaries, Amla and Kallis were able to keep the score ticking along by playing into the many gaps in the field for ones and twos.
It took South African fast bowler Morne Morkel just three balls to wrap up India's first innings at the start of the day. Morkel trapped Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni leg before wicket for 33 as India failed to add to their overnight total of 136 for nine. Morkel had Test-best figures of five for 20.
In Image: India's bowler Harbhajan Singh, center, celebrates with teammate Gautam Gambhir, left, for taking a catch to dismiss South Africa's batsman Alviro Petersen, unseen