India tackle Australia's lead on day 3

BANGALORE: India reached 38-0 at lunch on day three of the second cricket test, closing within 49 runs of its first innings deficit against Australia.

Australia was bowled out for 276 Monday after resuming on 237-6, with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja taking three quick wickets to end with 6-63.

At lunch, Lokesh Rahul was unbeaten on 20 while Abhinav Mukund was on 16.

The openers appeared comfortable at the crease as they cut into Australia's 87-run lead in 10 overs of batting before the interval.

Earlier, Australia's Mitchell Starc (26) and Mathew Wade (40) took their seventh-wicket partnership to 49 runs, helping Australia reach 250 in the 113th over after India made 189 in its first innings.

Starc then holed out to deep midwicket off Ravichandran Ashwin (2-84), triggering a lower-order collapse. Jadeja returned to the attack and dismissed the last three batsmen in the space of 10 deliveries.

He trapped Wade and Nathan Lyon (0) lbw off successive deliveries in the 121st over. Then, an over later, he had Josh Hazlewood (1) caught in the deep a close to the Australian innings.

Jadeja's figures were his second-best in a test innings after his 7-48 against England in Chennai last December.