Australia suffered an unfortunate setback on the first morning when Norman O'Neill was taken ill with a stomach ailment soon after the toss and was unable to bat in either innings.
Nevertheless they managed to post 320 although the unorthodox wiles of BS Chandrasekhar provided for a testing examination.
India stole a slim first inings lead of 21, with the skipper, Nawab of Pataudi jr., top scoring with 86. Chandra and the more orthodox Bapu Nadkarni then grabbed four wickets apiece in the Australian second innings to leave India with a target of 254 which looked well out of reach when they slumped to 122/6.
Pataudi revived the innings with another half century but it was left to Chandu Borde to shepherd India home by two wickets to level the series.