Australian openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch kept the Indian pacers at bay on a green top till lunch, taking Australia to 112 for no loss after lunch on day one of the second Test here on Friday.
In the second session, Finch was bowled out lbw on 50 runs for 105 balls by Jasprit Bumrah, while Harris was on 70 when he gave a catch to Ajinkya Rahane at slips, Usman Khawaja was the next batsman to get out off just 5 runs.
This was after the hosts won the toss and opted to bat. Australia named an unchanged eleven from the first Test, while India made two changes. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav came in for the injured Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin, as India fielded an all-pace attack for only the third time in their Test history.
Ishant Sharma (2-35) started with a delivery down leg as the first Test ball to be bowled at this ground. It didn't change much for this first spell of four overs as he sprayed the ball all over. He seemed to be more concerned about not bowling any no balls, than maintaining an attacking line first up.
At the other end, Jasprit Bumrah (1-41) was bowling short of length, even if he bowled quicker than Ishant. This new ball pairing proved expensive and wasteful as Umesh Yadav (1-68) came on as first change in the ninth over. Hauma Vihari (2-53) was the second best bowler after Ishant Sharma.
Mohammed Shami (0-63) was India's best bowler of the first session and he bowled with immaculate control from the very beginning. He came on to bowl in the 12th over and immediately troubled the batsmen. His first spell, along with Yadav's, was key in pulling things back for India.
The opening pair brought up their 50-partnership off 90 balls in the 15th over of the morning. Finch had attacked more in the first hour, but settled down to make it until lunch after Bumrah tested him in the next spell. Harris meanwhile was steady and left the ball well, without playing any false shots.
Australia are now at 277 for 6 in 90 overs with skipper Tim Paine cruising at 16 runs and Pat Cummins at 11 not out.
But the damage had already been done as the duo was set and the new ball had been wasted on a fresh pitch.
India had won the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.