After Ravindra Jadeja picked up 5/124 to help dismiss Australia for 451, India responded well with KL Rahul's 67 and finished Day 2 at 120/1.
But India made a solid start and ended Day 2 at 120/1 after Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell powered Australia to 451 in the first innings.
Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja’s five-wicket haul (5/124) and KL Rahul’s 67 made sure India put up a fight against Steve Smith-led Australian side in the third Test in Ranchi.
The day began with India still missing their regular skipper Virat Kohli who stayed off the field after suffering a shoulder injury on Day 1.
There is no official update on his status yet, if he will bat in his original position at No.4, india might be looking at a changed batting order here.
Rahul fell for 67 but India finished well after Smith's 178 helped Australia to a big total
Earlier, with Australia resuming the day on 299-4, Smith and Maxwell put on a 191-run partnership to help the tourists post the biggest innings total so far in the four-match series.
Vijay and Pujara at stump, Vijay remains unbeaten on 42.
The game stands quite evenly poised at the end of the day but india will be slightly buoyed after an improved showing through the day.