Travis Head’s fighting 61 off 149 balls helped Australia reach 191/7 at stumps on Friday, the second day of the first test against India.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three main wickets of the top-order, helping India dominate the day’s play.
India, earlier, were all out for 250 runs in the first innings when Mohammad Shami got out on the first ball of the day.
Indian bowler Ishant Sharma bowled opener Aaron Finch in the very first over of the Australian innings with an in-swinger. It offered a crucial breakthrough before Ashwin started troubling the hosts with his drifters.
Marcus Harris was caught at silly mid-off trying to defend an Ashwin delivery after making 26 off 57 balls, and soon after Shaun Marsh attempted a drive against the spinner and ended up dragging the ball back on to the stumps.
Earlier in the day, India took the new ball in the 81st over and Pat Cummins was adjudged leg before wicket to Jasprit Bumrah immediately, but Head and Mitchell Starc managed to stay on until stumps.
Pacers Sharma and Bumrah impressed with two wickets apiece.
Mohammad Shami looked off-colour after an injury-scare on Thursday.
Brief Scores: India first innings: 250/10 against Australia first innings: 191/7 (Travis Head 61 not out, Peter Handscomb 43; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/50)