Bad light and rain brought an early end to the third day’s play in the fourth Test on Saturday with Australia struggling at 236 for 6, still 386 runs behind India’s first innings score of 622 for 7 declared.
Play was suspended due to bad light in the final session just after the second new ball was due for India.
But rain and thunderstorms followed soon afterwards which forced the umpires to call it a day. Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) were at the crease when the players went off the field.
Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball for India on Day 3 as he picked up 3 wickets for 72 runs on a flat surface which started to turn after the first session while Ravindra Jadeja had two wickets to show for his efforts. Mohammed Shami also got a wicket.
Australia had made a promising start after resuming on their overnight score of 24 with Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris adding 72 runs for the first wicket.
But the good start turned from bad to worse for the hosts as Khawaja fell to Kuldeep in the first session and then a mini collapse after lunch gave India the upper hand.
Opener Harris fell soon after lunch but at least enjoyed the prestige of posting the highest score for an Australian in a four-test series in which Indian batsmen have pillaged five centuries on their way to a 2-1 lead.
The left-hander showed plenty of intent in his 79 but just when it appeared he could be heading for a maiden Test ton, he calamitously played the ball onto his own stumps off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
Spinner Jadeja also accounted for Marsh, who must surely have exhausted his supply of Test recalls after departing for eight, having left his bat hanging to gift Ajinkya Rahane the simplest of catches at first slip.
Rahane had to work considerably harder for the catch at short midwicket that dismissed Marnus Labuschagne for 38, diving low to his left to grab the ball with both hands off the bowling of paceman Shami.
Kuldeep made Travis Head his second victim of the day shortly before the break, the batsman charging down the track to take on the left-arm wrist spinner, only to send the ball straight back to him for the catch.
The chinaman returned after the break and picked up the wicket of Tim Paine in the first over of the final session as the Australia captain played all around a flighted delivery on off-stump.
The surface that India’s batsmen had plundered almost at will for two days was still offering little movement for the bowlers and the Australian lineup will be cursing themselves for some soft dismissals after a solid start to the day.