Australia was dismissed for 326 before lunch Saturday on the second day of the second cricket test against India at Perth Stadium.

Left-arm Australian swing bowler Mitchell Starc then dismissed opener Murali Vijay for a duck off the last ball before the break.

India will resume on 6-1 after the break with opener K.L. Rahul (1 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara still to bat.

India's Murali Vijay (left) is watched by Australian players as he walks off after being bowled by Australia's Mitchell Starc during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
India’s Murali Vijay (left) is watched by Australian players as he walks off after being bowled by Australia’s Mitchell Starc during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

Resuming the day on 277-6, Australia lost its last four wickets for 16 runs in 22 balls.

Swing bowler Ishant Sharma hurried Australia’s first-innings exit with the wickets of Starc (6) and Josh Hazlewood (0) with successive balls to finish with 4-41.

Indian fans wave flags during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
Indian fans wave flags during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

The Australian innings was set up by openers Marcus Harris (70) and Aaron Finch (50) as they shared 112 runs after skipper Tim Paine had won the toss and batted first on a green-top pitch at the world’s newest test venue.

The other notable contribution came from lefthander Travis Head, who scored 58 off 80 balls with six fours.

The overnight pair of skipper Tim Paine (38) and Pat Cummins (19) shared 59 runs for the seventh wicket as they lifted Australia from 251-6 to 310-6.

India's Ishant Sharma (2nd left) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Starc during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
India’s Ishant Sharma (2nd left) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia’s Mitchell Starc during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

But Cummins was bowled by Umesh Yadav, and two balls later Paine departed for 38 after unsuccessfully reviewing a LBW off Jasprit Bumrah.

Swing bowlers Bumrah and Yadav, and offspinner Hanuma Vihari took two wickets apiece.

India's Murali Vijay is bowled by Australia's Mitchell Starc during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)
India’s Murali Vijay is bowled by Australia’s Mitchell Starc during play in the second cricket test between Australia and India in Perth, Australia, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

India leads the four-test series 1-0 following its 31-run win in Adelaide last week.

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Source: The Associated Press

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