Melbourne: Stuart Clark plucked two wickets in quick succession including the prized scalp of Tendulkar just before tea to leave India in a spot of bother at 122/5 on the second day of the first Test on Thursday.
Tendulkar was going great guns and added a brisk 65 runs for the fourth wicket stand with Saurav Ganguly before playing a Clark's delivery onto his stumps to be dismissed for 62, just minutes before the tea break.
Yuvraj Singh was then caught behind for nought in the final over before tea. Ganguly was 21 not out at the break.
Australia had been dismissed for 343 earlier on Thursday.
Brett Lee, who exuded bristling aggression, captured the only other wicket to fall after lunch. Vangipurappu Laxman was struck on the gloves trying to avoid a bouncer and was well caught by a diving Ricky Ponting at second slip for 26.
Lee took two for 24 off 12 overs, while Clark had three for 15 off 10.4 overs as Australia's bowlers put India's batsman under immense pressure.
Tendulkar after surviving a hostile spells from Lee and Johnson broke free of the shackles by punching the Lee's short-pitched one on outside the off stump to the cover-point boundary.
He then began to play with more authority, stroking two boundaries off the next over from Mitchell Johnson.
The 34-year-old also attacked spinner Brad Hogg, dispatching him for a four and six over long-on before a delicate flick off his pads to fine-leg in the same over for his eighth boundary brought up his 48th Test half century.
However, just as he looked set for a big innings, he wafted at a wide delivery from Clark and played on.
Earlier, Wasim Jaffer edged Lee and gloveman Adam Gilchrist held on to a simple catch while Rahul Dravid was trapped lbw by Clark for five to leave India reeling on 31/2 going into lunch.
Resuming on 337 for nine, Australia were dismissed shortly after play began when Clark was caught hooking by Harbhajan Singh for 21 off Zaheer Khan, who finished with four wickets.
Brief Score (at tea, D-2):
Australia Ist innings 343 all out Vs India Ist innings 122/5 (Tendulkar 62, Laxman 26, Ganguly 21 n o; Clark 3 for 15, Lee 2 for 24).