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, after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took three top-order wickets and helped the visitors dominate the day's play.
Ishant Sharma bowled opener Aaron Finch in the very first over of the Australian innings with a beautiful in-swinger, providing 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.
With Australia reduced to 59/3, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb slowed down the tempo and tried to stabilize the innings before Khawaja nicked an Ashwin delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Australia will expect Head to stay put and take them beyond the Indian total.
With the wicket already offering some turn, the hosts will be backing off-spinner Nathan Lyon to trouble the Indian batsmen in the second innings.
The visitors are playing the first test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and will also play three one-day games in their nearly two-month long tour of Australia.
(With inputs from agencies.)