Nathan Lyon claimed figures of 8/64 to put Australia on the brink of a victory at the end of Day 2 of the third test against India at Indore on Thursday.
Resuming at an overnight score of 156/4, the pair of Peter Handscomb and Cameron Green added 30 more runs before Ravi Ashwin broke the stand by dismissing Handscomb caught at short leg by Shreyas Iyer for 19.
Umesh Yadav then wrecked the lower order by claiming three wickets as the visitors from 186/5 were bowled out for 197 runs, albeit with a significant lead of 88 on a tricky pitch.
In India’s second innings, opener Shubman Gill was cleaned up by Nathan Lyon while attempting an ill-timed heave across the line for 5.
The off spinner also trapped skipper Rohit Sharma (12) in front as he missed a flick. Virat Kohli’s lean run with the bat continued as he perished to Matthew Kuhnemann for 13.
The pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravi Jadeja added 24 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter was dismissed by Lyon for 7.
Iyer made a breezy 26 before falling to a spectacular catch by Usman Khawaja at short midwicket off Mitchell Starc.
Pujara got a reprieve on 50 when Marnus Labuschagne dropped a catch at extra cover off Kuhnemann.
The hosts slipped even further when keeper Srikar Bharat (3) was bowled by Lyon. The off spinner then completed a well deserved five wicket haul by dismissing Ashwin for 16.
The 35-year-old Pujara’s fine innings of 59 ended when Steve Smith pulled off a blinder at leg slip.
Axar Patel (15)* scored some useful runs in the end but ran out of partners, as the hosts were bowled out for 163, with an overall lead of 75.
The Aussies now need only 76 runs to clinch the Indore Test on Day 3.
Stumps at the end of Day 2.
India 109 & 163 (Pujara 59, Lyon 8-64) lead Australia 197 (Khawaja 60, Jadeja 4-78, Umesh 3-12) by 75 runs