India built a 166-run lead over Australia on the third day of an absorbing opening Test in Adelaide with dangerman Cheteshwar Pujara unbeaten on 40, although the late wicket of star batsman Virat Kohli gave the home team a slight ray of hope.
At stumps, the visitors were 151-3, adding to their first innings total of 250. Ajinkya Rahane was not out one, alongside Pujara who scored a gritty first innings century.
It was looking tough for Australia with Kohli and Pujara compiling a 71-run third-wicket partnership, but spinner Nathan Lyon got a massive breakthrough when he snared the Indian skipper for 34 near the close of play.
India were off to a solid start, with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay enjoying a 63-run partnership.
Seamer Josh Hazlewood bowled four straight maidens to keep the duo quiet before they began finding their range.
Rahul hit a big six off Pat Cummins as the pair grew in confidence and they were racing along before Mitchell Starc got one in a decent spot, enticing Vijay into a drive, caught by Peter Handscomb in the slip cordon. He was out for 18 off 53 balls.
Rahul played some audacious strokes before playing a flat footed drive off Josh Hazlewood’s ball – finding a big edge through to Tim Paine. He made 44 off 67 deliveries.
The unflappable Pujara crucially survived two decisions by the umpire giving him out, with both reversed on review in a cruel blow to Australia.
Master-blaster Kohli, who emerged to boos from a section of the crowd, shunned his trademark flamboyance, thanks to some relentless lines and lengths from the Aussies. He had to grind out runs before pushing at a ball spinning back into him out of the rough, caught at short-leg by Aaron Finch.
Following that dismissal, Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Kohli the most number of times (6) in Test cricket.
Kohli though joined a select few Indians -- including Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid -- to score 1,000 Test runs in Australia.
Earlier, Australia added just 44 runs to their overnight 191-7.
Batting on his home ground, Head matched his highest Test score but missed out on a century, adding just 11 to his overnight 61.
It signalled a quick end for Australia, with the final wicket falling next ball.
For India, Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 3-57 and Bumrah had 3-47.