Debutant Washington Sundar got the damaging Steve Smith with a well-planned dismissal but Marnus Labuschagne upped the ante within the second session with an unbeaten 73 that took Australia to 154 for 3 at tea on the opening day of the fourth Test on Friday.
Australia scored runs at a good clip within the second session against an inexperienced Indian attack which also lost one among their pacers Navdeep Saini thanks to a groin strain.
During the session, 89 runs were scored with Labuschagne batting in company of Matthew Wade (27 batting, 57 balls) with an unbroken 67 runs to point out for his or her efforts.
The session witnessed rookie off-spinner Washington Sundar laying a successful leg-trap for Smith (36), who flicked one to Rohit Sharma stationed at short mid-wicket for the catch.
Smith and Labuschagne had added 69 runs for the second wicket during which the previous skipper was the aggressive partner.
However, after Smith’s departure, Labuschagne stepped up and his 73 off 167 deliveries had seven boundaries. Wade also looked in good touch on a placid batting track having hit five boundaries. Shardul Thakur suffered the foremost among Indian pacers.
Labuschagne was lucky when Ajinkya Rahane dropped a sitter off Saini at gully and immediately then the bowler complained of groin pain and was began the sector.
Earlier, a new-look Indian bowling line-up kept it steady, removing openers David Warner and Marcus Harris within the first session.
With a cumulative experience of three Test matches and ’10 balls’ that Shardul Thakur bowled on his debut in 2018, India did well, although Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were once more looking ominous on a bouncy and batting track.
However, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur did well to urge obviate the openers within the first hour of play where honours were shared.
That Australia forced a half-fit Warner (1) to play was evident when he had no apparent footwork while trying to drive an angular delivery from Siraj which was brilliantly snapped by an agile Rohit Sharma diving to his right.
It might be seen that Warner, after his groin injury, remains finding it difficult to stretch his front-foot and obtain to the pitch of the delivery.
Thakur, whose debut against West Indies led to a nightmare after bowling only 10 deliveries, achieved success, bowling the 11th one in Test arena.