Paine's dismissal reduced Australia to 127 for six, but Head found rare defiance in a batting partner from tailender Pat Cummins. The new ball will be available in seven overs and India could take that straightaway.
The runs have come slowly but on Day 3, Head will remain the key. He is batting on 39. It was credit to Indian bowling that it kept the runs in check and regular inroads into the Australian line-up meant that they were never really out of pressure.
"I thought on this sort of wicket here in Adelaide, the extra bowling options would have been important for that variety in your attack", Warne said.
Ishant Sharma started well for India, getting Aaron Finch to drag a big inswinger onto the stumps. "I'm hugely honoured to be captain of Australia but I am not letting it weigh me down too much", he added. India in control now.
After captain Tim Paine made the team announcement, former spin king Warne said he was surprised by Marsh's axing, and speculated on how the decision was made. He was aided well by the pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah (2/34) and Ishant Sharma (2/31). Ends up edging it to the wicketkeeper. But one of those two wickets was picked up by Yasir Shah, which helped him break an 82-year-old world record.
Khawaja was Ashwin's 179th left-handed victim, as the Indian became only the second after Sri Lankan maestro Muttiah Muralitharan (191) to claim more southpaws in Test cricket. Handscomb and Head head back to the hutch having done a decent job thus far. "But when I batted the first and second session, I felt that it was not easy to bat on". A couple of big partnerships could be enough to get Australia over the line. It is worth just 26 runs, but these two have have together faced 87 deliveries.
The senior off-spinner bowled an incisive spell that tied down the Australian batsmen. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin is continuing from one end.
"It's a matter for the police to deal with", Usman Khawaja said after training on Tuesday. Good use of DRS this. U Khawaja c Pant b Ashwin 28 (125). They trail by 59 runs. Make sure that you have the sound turned up, though, because half of what makes this video so special is the sound that rings out of the middle of Kohli's bat every time he strikes the ball. One feels it is time for him to pick some boundaries.
Peter Handscomb (34) had been living dangerously and he was the first to fall.
Shaun Marsh is now suffering from a serious lack of form in worldwide cricket and broke an unwanted record when he was once again dismissed cheaply against India at Adelaide on Friday. Barring Cheteshwar Pujara none of the Indian batsman showed an intent to sound some time on the pitch. Coming in at the fall of Marsh immediately after lunch, Handscomb was able to demonstrate more positive weight transfer, leaning into his drives and forward defence while not losing the back foot strength he has always been known for.
Hazlewood finished with 3-52. Anything over 20 will be a bonus. So India's bowlers will have to be prepared to do the hard grind in tough conditions. Australian pacers were on target on day one.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on Thursday, India endured a nightmare start, including the loss of talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, which left them 4-56 at lunch.