Australian captain Ricky Ponting hit a bold 77 to beacon his aged aggregation out of agitation on the aperture day of the additional and final Test adjoin India on Saturday.
Ponting's 54th half-century helped the tourists survive a middle-order collapse to ability 285-5 by stumps in advanced of 20,000 bouncy home admirers at the Chinnaswamy stadium.Marcus North was best on 43 and wicket-keeper Tim Paine was on eight back bad ablaze apoplectic comedy 4.1 overs early.
Australia are gluttonous a series-levelling win afterwards they absent the affecting aboriginal Test in Mohali by one wicket.Shane Watson and Simon Katich gave the tourists a aerial alpha with an aperture angle of 99 afterwards Ponting won the bung and adopted to bat in clouded conditions.
Watson hit 57, his third alternating half-century in the series, and Katich fabricated 43 on a moisture-laden wicket that afforded movement to the seamers and about-face for the spinners.
India's spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha angry the tables in the post-lunch session, avaricious three wickets for 33 runs as Australia stumbled to 132-3.
Ponting led his team's awakening by abacus 66 for the fourth wicket with Michael Hussey (34) and 58 for the fifth with North.
Ponting, who hit 12 boundaries, was absolved in the final affair back he absent a beeline brawl from part-time spinner Suresh Raina and was declared leg-before.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoyed a alloyed day in the acreage afterwards accident his 10th alternating bung in Test cricket.Watson, who denticulate 126 and 56 in the aboriginal Test, fabricated ablaze of the abundant altitude to body on his acceptable anatomy with nine boundaries.
He began by smashing two afterwards fours of seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth's aboriginal over and glided the added new-ball bowler Zaheer Khan for two boundaries to third man.
Left-hander Katich was agreeable to comedy additional fiddle, allowance himself to six fours by lunch.Katich fell in the aboriginal over afterwards resumption when, accepting hit the third brawl from Harbhajan for a boundary, he belted the fifth to Rahul Dravid at aboriginal slip.