Fourth Test Match
India 441 (S R Tendulkar 109, S C Ganguly 85, V Sehwag 66, V V S Laxman 64, M S Dhoni 56, J J Krejza 8-215) & 295 (V Sehwag 92, M S Dhoni 55, Harbhajan Singh 52, S R Watson 4-42, J J Krejza 4-143) v Australia 355 (S M Katich 102, M E K Hussey 90) & 13-0
Australia will have to defy the record books to avoid their first Test series defeat since 2005 after India set the tourists 382 for victory in Nagpur.
The hosts managed to make 295 in their second innings - thanks mainly to a key seventh-wicket stand of 108 between captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh.
Virender Sehwag set the tone at the top of the order with an explosive 92 on his home ground to leave Australia needing to set a new record for the highest ever run chase in India.
Indeed, no team has ever won at the VCA Stadium batting second, however four wickets apiece from Jason Krejza and Shane Watson have at least given Ricky Ponting's men a glimmer of hope heading into the final day.
Their cause was helped further by an untroubled spell for openers Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich that saw Australia through to 13-0 at stumps.
India openers Sehwag and Murali Vijay negotiated the new ball superbly in the morning's session after a probing spell from Brett Lee.
Sehwag rode his luck at times but blasted his way out of any difficulties as he hit Lee for consecutive boundaries as the paceman began to tire.
Vijay was the first wicket to fall with the score on 116 - the debutant opener trapped in front by Watson for a patient 41.
Lee quickly gave way to off-spinner Krejza and Sehwag brought up his half-century with a slog-sweep off the debutant to the mid-on boundary for six.
Lee, however, ended Sehwag's stay, getting the opener to jab at a short delivery pitched on leg-stump that wicket-keeper Brad Haddin neatly pouched.
By then Rahul Dravid had already departed for just three, meaning the former skipper had managed just 120 runs in seven innings during the series.
From 116-0, India crashed to 166-6 as Krejza made his mark. He bowled VVS Laxman for four, getting one to spin viciously past the blade of the batsman from the rough outside off stump.
Ganguly became his 10th victim in this match when he went for a first-ball duck, a sad end for the left-hander who will retire after the match.
Sachin Tendulkar (12) was the final blow in a tumultuous middle session for India after the batsman set off for a run after pushing to the covers, only to be run out by Cameron White.
But, a spirited stand by Dhoni (55) and Harbhajan (52) swung the Border-Gavaskar series back in India's favour as Ponting turned to the part-time bowling of Mike Hussey in an attempt to catch up with the slow over-rate.
Watson helped remove the tail to finish as the pick of Australia's bowlers with figures of 4-42, while Krejza's fine debut continued as he finished with match figures of 12-358.