On the second morning in Bengaluru, Australia puttered along and gradually added 47 runs. India picked up two wickets, an average of one per hour.It was a session full of intense pressure as India's bowlers tried to drag their side back into the match, and the series, and Australia's batsmen fought gamely to hang on to their advantage.
There was prodigious spin from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, variable bounce from Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, edges that flew through gaps or short of fielders, perilously close lbw appeals, words exchanged between batsmen and bowlers and fielders, theatrical facial expressions as both teams pretended the other was under all the pressure. And at the end of it all, neither side had yet struck the vital blow.
Matt Renshaw batted through the session and went to lunch on 40 from 144 deliveries, a fine effort of concentration on a pitch that was cracking up like the audience at a comedy club. Shaun Marsh was alongside him at the break on 2, having not long strode to the crease at the fall of the second wicket. Australia were 87 for 2, still trailing by 102 runs, but secure in the knowledge that they hold a 1-0 lead in the series.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja got the key wicket of Australia skipper Steve Smith for eight, caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Opener Matt Renshaw had reached 40 and Shaun Marsh was on two at the break.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took the first wicket when he bowled David Warner for 33 after Australia had added 12 runs to their overnight 40 without loss in reply to India's 189.