Australia bundled India out for 191 on the opening day of the second test Tuesday, before coming through a top order crisis of their own to finish a frenetic day on 116 for three, 75 runs behind.
Michael Clarke (47 not out) and his predecessor as skipper Ricky Ponting (44 not out) put on an unbeaten 79 for the fourth wicket after India's Zaheer Khan had removed David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan with just 37 runs on the board.
As in their 122-run first test victory in Melbourne last week, Australia had pace bowlers James Pattinson (4-43), Peter Siddle (3-55) and Ben Hilfenhaus (3-51) to thank for constricting the world class Indian batting line-up.
Image: India's Zaheer Khan, left, celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's David Warner, right, for 8 runs in their cricket test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. India made 191 in their first innings.