Top-ranked South Africa host India in the second and final test on Boxing Day - just four days after their epic draw in Johannesburg.
The Proteas finished eight runs short of a world record target of 458 as they cautiously played out the final three overs at the Wanderers on Sunday, settling for a draw, despite having three wickets in hand.
Victory would have comfortably eclipsed the mammoth target of 418 runs chased down by West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003.
Now, they will seek to arrest a dismal Durban run of four straight defeats at Kingsmead where they have not won since beating West Indies in 2008.
Australia, England, India and Sri Lanka have all enjoyed handsome triumphs at one of the country's premier test grounds over the world's best test team.
And vice-captain AB de Villiers cannot fathom the poor run where a lively pitch is expected for the first part of the test.
"I am confused about Durban. I don't know what to expect," he said. "I am going to play it like I always play my cricket. I am going to take it one ball at a time and use my experience to adapt as quickly as I can. So will the whole team.
"I think there will be a bit of movement on the first day. Batting first always seemed the better option in the past.
"I don't expect as many cracks as there was at the Wanderers. It will probably be a bit more green, a bit firmer, and there may be a bit of turn towards the end of the test."
Durban-based fast-bowler Kyle Abbott should come into the side for Morne Morkel, who suffered an ankle ligament strain in the first test at the Wanderers, but there may also be changes in the spin department after an fruitless showing in the opening test.
Questions around India's team selection also centre on the spinners, with Ravichandran Ashwin bowling 42 wicket-less and expensive overs.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha is the other option, though he has never bowled in test matches outside the sub-continent.
South Africa (from): Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile, Kyle Abbott.
India (from): MS Dhoni (capt, wk), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha.