Mohali, Mar 17: India hit back in the second innings with Bhuvneshwar Kumar claiming three quick wickets to leave Australia at 75/3 and trailing by 16 runs at stumps on day 4 of the third Test in Mohali.
Bhuvneshwar struck in the first over dismissing opener David Warner for just two runs. Ed Cowan soon followed after being trappedd LBW while Steven Smith was bowled out leaving Australia 55/3.
Phil Hughes registered his highest score in the series with a decent 53 off 68 balls which included nine fours and a six.
Australia pacer Peter Siddle led the fightback with a five-wicket haul to reduce India's lead to 91 runs. Pragyan Ojha was the last man to be dismissed as India were bowled out for 499.
Virat Kohli remained the only unbeaten Indian batsman scoring 67 with seven fours and a six. Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored 18 before being caught behind by Brad Haddin. Kohli and Kumar added a 61-run partnership for the eighth wicket.
India lost quick wickets after lunch but Virat Kohli stood firm to register a half century. At tea on the fourth day of the third Test, India were 479/7 in 125 overs with a lead of 71 against Australia.
Between lunch and tea, Australia struck four times. Murali Vijay was the first to go in the second session. He was LBW to left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc for a well constructed 153. In the same over, Starc removed captain MS Dhoni for just four runs. Dhoni was trapped LBW after scoring a boundary.
Starc was joined by Peter Siddle with two wickets. Siddle sent back Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin. Kohli, in the company of Bhuvneshwar Kumar ensured that there was no further damage.
At lunch, India 384/3
Steve Smith struck just before lunch leaving India at 384/3 at lunch in their first innings on day 4 of the third Test in Mohali.
Sachin Tendulkar and Vijay added a vital 92-run partnership for the third wicket after India lost two wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (187), but just at the stroke of lunch Steve Smith dismissed Tendulkar. The Master Blaster scored a decent 37 before being caught at short leg by Ed Cowan.
Vijay remained unbeaten at 142 but the visitors restricted India to a slow scoring rate as they added 101 to the overnight score of 283/0.
Vijay scored his second century of the series and the third of his career to take India past the 350-run mark. India still trail by 24 runs.
Australian spinner Nathan Lyon got the breakthrough early on dismissing Shikhar Dhawan (187) after a record 289-run stand with Murali Vijay on day 4.
Dhawan missed his double ton as he was caught by Ed Cowan at silly point. Dhawan smashed 33 fours and two sixes in his brilliant knock. The left-hander created history by slamming the fastest century on debut and helped India to 283/0 on the third day.
The 27-year old scored his century with just 85 balls beating Dwayne Smith's record.