After losing Murali Vijay for 28, the partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteswar Pujara helped India steady the ship. They are trailing by 26 runs.
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
1:00pm: It's stumps at the Gabba. India finish the day at 71-1
12:45 pm: Still a few overs left, and Shikhar Dhawan trying his best to stick around!
12:20pm: 50 up for India!
12:16PM: Short ball by Shane Watson leaves Shikhar Dhawan in a spot of bother. Aussies appeal but umpire Erasmus not convinced.
12:03AM: Cheteswar Pujara is the next man in.
12:02AM: Murali Vijay is bowled!
Mitchell Starc dismisses the Indian opener for 28. Cleaned him up really. It was the line that betrayed Vijay. India 41-1.
M Vijay 28 (39ball; 4x4)
11:35AM: 5 overs gone, India 27-0
11:32AM: India 13-0 after 4 overs.
11:10AM: India start their innings. Mitchell Johnson bowls the first over. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan open for India.
11:05AM: Australia are all out for 505. Mitchell Starc is bowled by Ashwin for 52. The lead is of 97 runs.
10:59AM: And, we are back. Ashwin continuing.
10:44AM: It's tea at the Gabba.
Australia are at 503-9, with Mitchell Starc batting on 51, Hazlewood on 31. Lead is on 95 runs.
10:32AM: 500 comes up for Australia!
10:28am: Mitchell Starc scores a half-century. Now, Hazlewood too hits out
10:12 AM: If you are an Indian fan, there's nothing to cheer about. The much talked about Indian bowling attack fail to break the last pair. Australia extend lead to 68 runs.
9:55AM: Varun Aaron to Mitchell Starc. Didn't carry. Ashwin dives but in vain.
9:45AM: Nathan Lyon is out. Rohit Sharma catches him off Varun Aaron. Australia 454-9. Lead is now of 45 runs.
N Lyon 23 (23 balls; 3x4)
9:29 AM: The Indian bowlers are unable to show the exit way to the Aussie tail-enders. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon picking up some quick runs. Australia take 27-run lead as they reach 435-8.
9:12AM: So, this is it. Australia take first innings lead. With Mitchell Starc's consecutive boundaries, the Aussies have now reached 409-8, thus taking a 1 run lead over India. In their first innings, India were bundled out for 408.
9:03AM: Steven Smith is OUT too!
That's a real big blow for Australia. Just when they were closing in on a first innings lead, the captain departs for 133. He judged it wrong, and the Ishant Sharma delivery rattles the stumps. Australia 398-8.
S Smith 133 (191 balls; 13X4, 2X6)
8:58AM: That's a big wicket. Mitchell Johnson is gone!
Trying to play away from his body, Johnson offers an edge behind the stumps to Dhoni. A wicket for Ishant Sharma. Johnson falls for 88 as Australia reach 395-7
M Johnson 88 (93 balls; 13X4; 1X6)
8:50AM: After 86 overs, Australia reach 387-6. It's time for drinks now!
8:40AM: It looks like Smith and Johnson have made up their mind. They are looking rock solid, and surpassing India may well be a matter of time. They are at 381-6 now.
8:05AM: Second session begins. Very important session for both the teams. Australia looking for a lead, India need four wickets!
7:30AM: It's lunch at the Gabba. It's lunch at the Gabba. Australia 351-6. Steven Smith unbeaten on 110, Mitchell Johnson on 67. They trail by 57 runs.
This is the fourth successive Test at the Gabba when an Australian captain has scored a century. Clarke had scored the last three.
It's a second hundred in the series for Smith, fifth hundred in his last 10 Tests.
7:19AM: A century for Steven Smith. His sixth in Test career. What a match it has been for the young Australian captain. In Adelaide, stand-in captain Virat Kohli had scored centuries in both the innings, on Test captaincy debut. It's Smith's moment of glory now!
7:15AM: Johnson is on fire! He hits a sixer off Ashwin. What a comeback by the Aussies
7:10am: Another boundary, and it's a half-century for Mitchell Johnson. What an innings. He took just 37 balls to reach the half-century. Well, he has hit another one to the fence... Indian pacers looking hapless
7:02AM: Slowly, Australia are staging a comeback. 300 up for them!
7:01AM: Steven Smith inching closer to his century.
7:00AM: This Test has seen 23 no balls being bowled so far. Out of 23, Ishant Sharma alone has bowled 20! Record that!
6:50AM: Steven Smith inching closer to century. A ton on Test captaincy debut? Time will tell...
6:45AM: Another boundary for Mitchell Johnson. He's playing a quick-fire innings.
- Even though, Australia are struggling, it's the birthday of their most successful captain Ricky Ponting. Happy Birthday, Punter!
6:40AM: Australia 276-6 after 65 overs
6:22AM: 250 up for the Aussies!
6:19AM: And, that's out! Brad Haddin has to walk back to the pavilion. Varun Aaron's bouncer actually does the trick.
Trying to shield himself from being hit on the face, Haddin pops up a simple catch to Cheteswar Pujara at short leg. Australia 247-6
B Haddin 6 (12 balls; 1X4)
6: 12AM: Drinks break. Australia 247-5
6:08AM: 80 overs gone, Australia 247-5.
6:07AM: A boundary by Haddin off Aaron. That should make him feel relieved.
6:05AM: Brad Haddin looking shaky. Australia can't afford to lose another wicket here...
5:59am: Smith on strike....Ishant appeals for an LBW, umpire Gould not convinced.... Oh man! Another appeal, and another turned down!
5:57AM: Australia 237-5 after 58 overs
5:54AM: Steven Smith hits a boundary, Australia 237-5.
5:51am: First wicket of the day! Mitchell Marsh is cleaned bowled by Ishant Sharma. Australia 232-5
That was a brilliant delivery by Sharma and that cleaned up Marsh for 11. First success for India.
M Marsh 11 (32 balls; 1x4)
5:44AM: 56 overs gone, Australia 232-4
5:37 AM: A good over by Varun Aaron. Australia 225-4
5:32 AM: Ishant Sharma's first over the day, Steven Smith on strike. Australia 224-3.