India neared victory in the first cricket Test after Australia ended day four with a lead of 40 runs and one wicket remaining.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 5-90 as Australia reached 232-9 at the close in Chennai, India. Moises Henriques is on 75 after an unbeaten last-wicket stand of 57 with Nathan Lyon, on 8, as the visitors avoided an innings defeat.
Home captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck 224 as his team made 572 in reply to Australia’s first-innings 380.
Dhoni’s 265-ball innings, which included 24 fours and six sixes, was the third-highest score by a wicketkeeper in elite Tests. It ended when he gloved a catch behind off a delivery from James Pattinson, who finished as Australia’s best bowler with 5-96. Spin bowler Lyon took 3-215 in 47 overs.
India added 57 runs in about an hour after resuming day four on 515-8.
The teams are scheduled to play four Tests, with matches following in Hyderabad, Mohali and Delhi.