HYDERABAD, India - Australia's bowlers kept the brakes on India who struggled to 1-54 at lunch on day two of the second Test on Sunday.
India had resumed on 0-5 in reply to Australia's 9-237 declared in Hyderabad.
Opener Murali Vijay is 29 not out in 136 minutes and Chesteshwar Pujara is on 15 off 55 deliveries.
Vijay has faced 106 balls and hit four fours, but has found the going tough on day two.
Pace duo James Pattinson (0-16 off 10 overs) and Peter Siddle (1-20 off eight) bowled with plenty of aggression early.
Siddle struck in the fifth over of the day when Virender Sehwag was caught behind off a short delivery for six.
Sehwag poked at the ball and the ball took a clear edge but with his career perhaps on the line, the 104-Test veteran stood his ground until Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena finally lifted his index finger.
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, in his third Test appearance and first since the 2010-11 Ashes series, made a nervous start with two leg-side full tosses which cost two runs each.
Doherty's five overs cost 12 runs and the Tassie tweaker did get some turn in his final over before lunch as he settled into a rhythm.
Seamer Moises Henriques has bowled seven overs for three runs.
India lead the four-match series one-nil.