Adelaide: Australia were precariously placed at 104/4 in their second innings as India took a decisive advantage at the end of the fourth day of the opening cricket Test here on Sunday.
At stumps, Shaun Marsh was batting on 31 while Travis Head was on 11 at the other end. The Australians still need 219 runs to win.
Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and fast bowler Mohammed Shami bagged two wickets each for India.
The Indians were dismissed for 307 runs in their second innings earlier during the day which gave them a formidable lead of 322. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was unlucky not to bag a wicket in the very first over of the hosts’ second essay when he trapped Aaron Finch leg before. But the Australian opener decided to call for a review which showed that Ishant had overstepped the crease.
But the Indians did not have to rue that missed opportunity for long as Ashwin, Shami and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah tied down the Australian batsmen with their nagging line, length and movement.
Earlier, the Indians batted steadily to put themselves a somewhat comfortable position before Lyon cleaned up the middle and lower order in quick succession.
Lyon was the pick of the Australian bowlers with figures of 6/122. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc returned figures of 3/40.