Australia took a massive 382-run lead after dismissing India cheaply on Thursday and opting to bat again rather than enforce the follow-on on the third day of the fourth Test in Adelaide.

 

Rising star Virat Kohli hit his maiden Test century and India's first of the series with a defiant 116 as the tourists, facing a 4-0 series wipeout, mustered just 272 in reply to Australia's imposing 604 for seven declared.

 

Australia skipper Michael Clarke chose not to send the Indians back in, giving his bowlers a breather from the sweltering conditions with a second innings declaration likely early Friday to give them time to chase another win.

 

At stumps, Australia were 50 for three with first innings heroes Clarke (9) and Ricky Ponting (1) at the crease.

 

Once again Australia lost their top three batsmen cheaply with David Warner, caught and bowled by Ravi Ashwin for 28, the out-of-sorts Shaun Marsh dismissed for a four-ball duck and Ed Cowan leg before wicket to Ashwin for 10.

 

Earlier Kholi showed India's garlanded senior batsman how it should be done by scoring a plucky maiden century in his eighth Test.

 

Sachin Tendulkar again came up short in his bid for an elusive 100th international hundred with 25.

 

Kohli, 23, clouted Clarke for a six and hit eight fours in his 213-ball knock after the tourists had slumped to 111 for five.

 

He put on 114 for the sixth wicket with debutant wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and leapt joyously into the air in celebration as he scampered through for a single to bring up his breakthrough hundred. (AFP)