India set a target of 399 runs for Australia to win the third Test on the fourth day after they declared their second innings at 106 for eight on Saturday.
India resumed the day at 54/5 with the overnight batsmen Mayank Agarwa (42) and wicket keeper Rishabh Pant (33) knocked some crucial runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Paceman Pat Cummins, who took four wickets on Day 3, proceeded with his superb bowling attack and finished the innings with career-best figures of 6/27. He took the wickets of top order batsmen, including Agarwal and Ravindra Jadeja (5).
Josh Hazlewood got Pant caught behind the wicket before India captain Virat Kohli declare the second innings.
In response, the hosts were struggling with the bats as they could make only 138/5 at tea, requiring 261 more to win the match.
Shaun Marsh (44) was the highest scorer for Australia before he got lbw by Jasprit Bumrah’s stunning slow delivery.
The four-Test series is leveled at 1-1, with the final Test to be played in Sydney on January 3 next year. India had won the first game at Adelaide by 31 runs. The Aussies came back with a 146-run win in the second Test at Perth.
Australia were 175/6 when the latest report came.