Australia gave up a 192-run first innings lead and now at stumps on the fourth day, has done enough to make India bat again but only just and largely thanks to debutant Moises Henriques.
Without question, Henriques has been the bright point in the Test for Australia with 68 in the first innings, a solid 1-48 with the ball and now an unbeaten 75 in the second innings.
Henriques now remains 75 not out at stumps on the fourth day with Nathan Lyon with him on eight with Australia 9-232 and with a lead of 40 over India.
Australia did reasonably well in its first innings to score 380 on the back of 130 from captain Michael Clarke and then were in with a sniff restricting India to 4-196 with Sachin Tendulkar out for 81.
However, Indian captain MS Dhoni then put on the best performance of his Test career in an innings that Adam Gilchrist would have been proud of.
Dhoni finished the third day not out on 206 and then continued to pile on the runs on the fourth day morning to increase his highest Test score and to put Australia further and further out of the match.
Eventually Dhoni fell for 224 from 265 balls with 24 boundaries and six sixes. He was particularly savage on Australian off-spinner Lyon taking him for 104 from 85 balls with nine fours and five sixes.
India was eventually all out for 572 with Lyon going for a massive 3-215 from 47 overs, but Pattinson was the star with the ball for Australia with 5-96.
Peter Siddle (1-66) and Mitchell Starc (0-75) were decidedly non-effective or threatening with Australia made to pay for taking in three pacemen, and all-rounder Henriques (1-48) and just the one recognised spinner.
Australia started its second innings needing 192 just to make India bat again and before it even started it was off to a bad beginning when Shane Watson had to open with David Warner unwell.
Watson and Ed Cowan fought hard with India opening with spinners Ravi Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh from the outset. But Watson was the first to fall when he was caught at slip by Virender Sehwag off Ashwin for 17.
Cowan was then next to fall for 32 when he was LBW to Ashwin and Australia was then 2-64, and then 3-65 when Phil Hughes' horror Test continued when he was caught by Sehwag off Ravindra Jadeja for a duck.
Warner and Clarke then tried to fight through until tea with Clarke receiving a life on zero when dropped at leg slip by Virat Kohli, but Warner couldn’t last eventually being adjudged leg before to Harbhajan for 23.
Matthew Wade then made just eight before being bowled by Harbhajan with Clarke and Henriques coming together and surviving to tea. The pair put on 151 in the first innings needed to put something special together once again.
However, it wasn’t to be with Clarke just after tea for 31 when trapped in front by Ashwin. Siddle never looked at ease and made just two before being bowled by Jadeja.
Pattinson combined with Henriques to put on 24 for the eighth wicket before Pattinson was caught at slip by Sehwag off Ashwin for 11.
Starc then added eight before being caught in the deep by Tendulkar off Ashwin for eight before Henriques and Lyon survived until stumps.
Ashwin has another 5-90 so far for India to go with his 7-103 in the first innings. Harbhajan has 2-55 and Jadeja 2-68.