Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara settled in India after an unstable start

Captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara reacted to an Australian bowling attack in the middle session on the second day, digging India from an unstable start to the second test on Saturday.

In response to Australia's first entries in 326, India recovered from the cheap layoffs of the open Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul to get the tea to a more comfortable 70 for two.

Kohli was not 37 and Pujara, who was the hero of India in the first test with the results of 123 and 71, undefeated on 23 with the pair awake on a green-colored Perth Stadium.

Visitors were the first to hit the lunch when a firefighter Mitchell Starc slaughtered Vijay for a duck.

Australia's momentum continued after the re-launch, when Rahul leapt from a full Josh Hazlewood tradition for two.

Kohli started confidently and got a taste in Hazlewood, breaking four records to the limits of his first 10 traditions before tackling expensive bowling from fast-paced Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon.

India's downfall scored only 83 matches in its last seven tests against Australia but its unbeaten 62-year partnership with Pujara has given its team the hope to roll out Australia's first competitive leagues.

Australia, desperate for a victory to align the series, struck aggressively in the morning under the cloudy kidney to add 49 vital routes for their overnight stay.

Tim Paine (38) and Pat Cummins (19) united for a critical seventh wicket of 59.

Big fast Ishant Sharma (4-41) will start Australia's second round in a hat-trick after going through the queue as the home team lost the last four wickets for 16 runs.

Markus Harris scored a top score of 70, with Aaron Finch and Travis Head half a century in the hot start of the day.

The test is the first in the new 60,000 seat at Burswood after 47 years of track at WACA and Australia will be willing to finish a series of six trials without winning against one side of India seeking a first win series down.