Hyderabad: India took a 266-run lead after being bowled out for 503 at tea in the first innings of the second cricket Test against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal on Monday.
Australian spinners came to life with the ball taking prodigious turn and bounce. Glen Maxwell ended with four wickets with three coming in the second session of the day. Xavier Doherty too was among the wickets accounting for three Indian batsmen.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (44) and Virat Kohli (34) were the only batsmen to put up a fight in the tea session.
Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second double hundred as Indian batsmen continued their run feast against Australia on Monday.
The Pujara-Murali Vijay duo punished the lacklustre Australian attack as India went into lunch at a score of 400 for three with their first innings lead swelling upto 163.
At the break, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, were batting on 3 and 4 respectively.
Pujara-Vijay added a record 370 runs for the second-wicket partnership before the latter was finally dismissed for a well-made 167, ending his 361-ball knock, in which he hit 23 boundaries and two sixes.
India's newest 'Run-Machine' Pujara scored a magnificent 204 before being holed out in the deep fine-leg region trying to hook a James Pattinson delivery. Pujara faced 341 balls with 30 boundaries and a six.
During Pujara and Vijay's marathon partnership, there were a few records that tumbled.
Pujara-Vijay duo also eclipsed the 34-year-old second wicket partnership record of 344 runs set by Sunil Gavaskar (182) and Dilip Vengsarkar (157) against the West Indies at Kolkata in 1978.
Pujara reached his double ton, when he came down the track to whip Glenn Maxwell to the mid-wicket boundary.
The Australian bowlers lacked penetration to cause any damage whatsoever as not even once Pujara and Vijay looked liked getting out.
The pair was unlucky that they couldn't break the VVS Laxman-Rahul Dravid record partnership of 376 runs (for any wicket) against Australia at the Eden Gardens by seven runs.