Under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane, India failed to impress Dharamsala spectators as they were restricted to 248/6 at stumps on the second day of the fourth and final test against Australia on Sunday.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed four wickets and pacers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood chipped in with one wicket each to keep India under control at the picturesque Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium.
At helm, Ravindra Jadeja (16*) and Wriddhiman Saha (10*) were on crease as India trail the visitors by 52 runs with four wickets remaining.
Australia gave India jolts at regular intervals, starting with Murali Vijay as Hazlewood dismissed the Indian opener for 11 runs in the 11th over. KL Rahul, who scored highest 60 runs in the first innings, became the second victim when he misjudged a good length delivery by Cummins. Rahul lost his concentration and lofted the ball that was brilliantly caught by David Warner, placed at mid-off.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Pujara strengthened India in the middle-order for a while. However, they were also dismissed for small scores of 57 and 46 runs respectively.