Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty admitted the tourists struggled to find their line and length against the batting onslaught from dumped Test opener Gautam Gambhir (112) and uncapped right-hander Rohit Sharma (77). The pair shared a second-wicket partnership of 128 on a flat batting track at Guru Nanak College Ground.
Australia are considering playing seam-bowling allrounder Moises Henriques with two quicks and two spinners in the first Test against India in Chennai next Friday.
Henriques, with 4-12 in the two-day game against the India Board XI and 1-20 off 11 overs on Saturday, is holding up his end of the bargain.
However Doherty says the spinners as a group - including Nathan Lyon (0-97 off 20) and 19-year-old Ashton Agar (0-78 off 13) - need to do a rapid re-think on their tactics on India's turning pitches.
Pacemen Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc, with a combined tally of 0-66 off 30 overs, bowled tightly and exploited the reverse-swing on offer.
"In that last spell that I bowled I found a bit of a rhythm," said Doherty, who played two Tests in 2010.
"Hopefully that bodes well for Test selection at some stage."
Doherty said he regarded Test regular Lyon as the team's No.1 spinner and he hoped to play alongside the offspinner during the four-Test series.
"I'd imagine at some stage there'll be two spinners. Whether it's here in Chennai or not, that's for someone else to answer," Doherty said.
"It was a step up in class today and all three spinners found that.
"When they came hard at us, we struggled to adjust.
"With those two guys (Gambhir and Sharma) coming hard at us, it put us on the back foot.
"As a spin group it wasn't our best day but we've got two more days."
Manoj Tiwary will resume on Sunday on 77 with CM Gautham on 34.
Gambhir sent a powerful message to India's selectors with a mature display, hitting 13 fours and three sixes from 162 deliveries.
The 54-Test veteran fell at 2-195 to Henriques after edging a ball to Shane Watson at slip.
Gambhir added 67 for the first wicket with Jiwanjot Singh who was caught at slip for 24 off Doherty's bowling.
Sharma was caught behind at 3-266 to Doherty.
Doherty struck in successive overs when left-hander Abishek Nayar (four) was caught at short leg.
Henriques claimed a diving caught-and-bowled chance low-down off Gautham on 29 but the batsman stood his ground and the umpire called not out, much to the bowler's frustration.