Facing a target of 472 to win their 4-Day Domestic Series match against the Knights in Bloemfontein, the Dolphins showed plenty of determination as they set about their second innings at the Mangaung Oval on Wednesday.
After losing opener Grant Roelofsen cheaply, S.J. Erwee and Keegan Petersen posted a defiant second-wicket partnership, before Petersen fell for 48, playing on seamer Patrick Kruger.
That brought skipper Marques Ackerman to the crease as Erwee went to his half century, and the pair settled in together to try and see out the rest of the final session together.
They walked off at stumps with Erwee on 58 and Ackerman on 32, having taken the Dolphins’ second innings to 138/2, needing a further 333 runs to win.
Earlier in the day, the home side resumed their second innings on 21 without loss with a lead of 262 runs.
It was a productive first session for the hosts as they added 85 runs to their total in the session up to lunch for the loss of just two wickets.
Young Lifa Ntzanzi picked up one of the wickets and Keshav Maharaj produced a top drawer delivery to knock over first innings centurion Rynardt van Tonder.
The post-lunch session was another positive one for the Knights who continued to build their lead over the Dolphins.
They lost just two further wickets for the addition of 102 runs with both wickets going to the Dolphins left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy.
Ultimately, the Knights declared on 208 for four, giving them an effective lead of 471 runs.
The Dolphins had to negotiate a tricky period up to tea and the Knights struck when Roelofsen was caught at fine leg for a duck.
The Dolphins went into tea on 12 for one, requiring 459 runs to win the match at that stage.
The final day of play is today in the Bloemfontein arena.