India built a 166-run lead over Australia on the third day of an absorbing opening Test in Adelaide on Saturday with dangerman Cheteshwar Pujara not out 40, although the late wicket of master batsman Virat Kohli gave the home team a glimmer of hope.
At stumps, the visitors were 151-3, adding to their first innings total of 250.
"I think it's slightly in our favour," said Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah.
He added that Pujara was key.
"He's showed a lot of patience and that is the key element in Test cricket. A great knock and hopefully he continues tomorrow."
Australia were dismissed for 235 just before lunch, with Travis Head top scoring on 72 on a day hit by rain delays, leaving them 15 runs adrift.
SCORES IN BRIEF
INDIA: First innings 250
AUSTRALIA: First innings 235 all out (Harris 26, Khawaja 28, Handscomb 34, Head 72, Lyon 24 not out; Sharma 2-47, Bumrah 3-47, Shami 2-58, Ashwin 3-57)
INDIA: Second innings 151 for 3 (Rahul 44, Pujara 40 not out, Kohli 34; Starc 1-18)