Mohammed Siraj claimed his maiden five wicket haul, as the hosts posted 294 runs in their second innings, giving the visitors a target of 328 at the end of Day 4 of the fourth test at Gabba on Monday.
Resuming at overnight score of 21/0, the pair of Marcus Harris and David Warner briskly added 68 more runs, before Shardul Thakur provided the much needed breakthrough by dismissing the former for 38.
Washington Sundar got into the act by trapping the dangerous Warner in front of the stumps to reduce Australia to 91/2.
The pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith added 32 runs for the third wicket, before the former fell to Siraj after scoring a brisk 25 off 22 balls.
The 26 year old Hyderabad bowler struck twice in his first over by dismissing both Marnus Labuschange and Matthew Wade in succession for 25 & 0 respectively.
Smith and Cameron Green stitched together a valuable 73 runs for the fifth wicket, before the former after scoring a fluent 55 was caught at gully by Ajinkya Rahane. His knock came of 74 balls with seven fours.
Tim Paine and Green added a brief 31-run partnership, before Shardul Thakur in the 61st over dismissed the the all-rounder.
The visitors took wickets at regular intervals as Australia were bowled out for 294, with an overall lead of 327.
Mohammed Siraj was India’s best bowler with figures of 5/73, while Shardul Thakur claimed four wickets.
Chasing 328, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill faced just 11 deliveries, before rain played spoilsport. The umpires were forced to call for early stumps at the end of Day 4.
Stumps at the end of Day 4- Australia 369 and 294 (Steven Smith 55, David Warner 48 Mohammed Siraj 5/73); India 336 and 4/0 )