India fight back with double-strike in Pune

  • Handscomb, Smith out in quick succession
  • Australia reach 153-4 at break

Australia opted for an ultra-defensive approach in the second session against a side unbeaten in their last 19 tests and as the pressure mounted on the batsmen, more chances came India's way.

Smith and Shaun Marsh added 37 for their stand in almost 20 overs before the latter was caught down the leg side attempting to sweep Jayant as India made their first breakthrough after lunch.

The hosts then struck two quick blows to eat away at the Australia middle-order when left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Peter Handscomb (22) leg before after the right-handed batsman had added 30 runs with Smith.

In the next over, Ashwin lured Smith to hit an uppish drive which was gleefully accepted by Kohli at midwicket to dismiss the world's top-ranked test batsman for 27.

India were celebrating again when Mitchell Marsh was given out caught behind off Ashwin two deliveries later but the batsman overturned the decision on review with replays showing the ball had merely brushed his pad.

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