Virat Kohli was booed to the crease by some sections of the Adelaide Oval crowd as momentum continued to shift frequently in an absorbing first Test between Australia and India, which remains in the balance at tea on a rain-hit third day.
The tourists boasted a 101-run lead at the end of Saturday’s post-lunch session, having reached 2-86.
Kohli is two not out, having survived a nervous moment on zero when he turned the sixth ball he faced to the leg side and the feet of bat-pad Aaron Finch.
It would be somewhat harsh to call it a chance but the same can’t be said of a sharp one-handed catch that Finch put down when KL Rahul was on 32.
Travis Head and Nathan Lyon threatened to overhaul India’s first-innings total of 250 but lunch was called when the hosts were rolled for 235.
Rahul and Murali Vijay gave India an ideal start to their second innings, seeing off the new ball and successfully attacking in a 63-run opening stand.
It was Rahul and Vijay’s highest opening partnership outside India, and the biggest stand from either team in a low-scoring contest already featuring its fair share of dramatic fightbacks.
Rahul reverse-swept Lyon a couple of times but the highlight of his knock of 44 was an incredible six off Pat Cummins, with the ball lofted over the covers and into the crowd.
The right-hander was reprieved by Finch at leg slip, a position that had often been the domain of David Warner in recent years.
Mitchell Starc struck in his second spell, removing a flat-footed Vijayfor 18 in similar fashion to day one.
Rahul was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood, who started his opening spell with four-consecutive maidens but failed to create an early breakthrough.
Head fell for 72 during the morning session, adding 11 runs to his overnight score, while Lyon finished 24 not out.