Having earlier bowled India out for 475,??Australia closed on 251-6 with captain Steve Smith passing Sir Donald Bradman as Australia’s all-time leading runscorer in a Test series against India.
Smith’s 71 took him to 769 runs for the series, surpassing Bradman’s total of 715 and Ricky Ponting’s 706.
India opened the day on 342-5 but captain Virat Kohli could only add seven runs to his overnight total of 140 before being caught off Ryan Harris’ bowling.
Wriddhiman Saha went for 35, before Bhuvneshwar Kumar was controversially given out after a review by the third umpire despite appearing to hit the ball into the ground.
Ravichandran Ashwin made his half-century before Australia mopped up the India tail to begin their second innings with a 97-run lead
India started brightly, reducing the hosts to 46-2 after Ashwin dismissed David Warner and Watson cheaply before Chris Rodgers and Smith steadied the ship with a composed display of attacking batting.
Rodgers was eventually dismissed for 56, while Mohammed Shami had Smith – who has four centuries in the series – out lbw.
Shaun Marsh’s departure for just one run brought Joe Burns to the crease for a memorable Twenty20-style innings that saw him smash 66 runs off 55 balls including three sixes and eight fours.
Burns also went to Ashwin’s bowling, with the all-rounder ending the day with figures of 4-105
Australia closed with wicketkeeper Brad Haddin unbeaten on and Ryan Harris yet to score at the other end, with an overnight declaration in pursuit of victory thought likely.