Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli were done in by short deliveries, Rohit Sharma found pace too hot to handle.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid for his indiscretion.
Suresh Raina (26) and Ravichandran Ashwin (16 not out) who hit a few meaty blows added 29 runs for the seventh wicket to rescue India after being precariously placed at 104 for six.
It was interesting that on a pitch which was considered to aid spinners, Australian pacers bowled with lot of fire sticking to their strengths.
Gautam Gambhir struck three boundaries before he was run-out in the third over. Cummins successfully booted the ball onto the stumps while the opener was still short of his ground. The left-hander managed only 17.
In Image: India's batsman Yuvraj Singh bats as Australia's wicket keeper Matthew Wade, center and Cameron White, left look on