It's a kind of surface where the batsman never feels he's in as seen in the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara. He hardly played a false stroke before getting bowled off Pattinson.
"The ball that bowled Pujara kept low. If you bang the wicket and put some pace behind it, you can get some variable bounce."
"There's a little bit of reverse swing as well. The ball's quite soft which doesn't help. We're still 200 in front, so two wickets early tomorrow will be the key," the pacer said.
That Australia managed to reach 380 is a tribute to Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques.
Local boy Ashwin said: "The pitch looked very dirty, to be very honest. After the first 5-10 overs, it looked dirty and we thought it was going to spin like a top. But it actually didn't spin at all. There were a few balls when you tossed it up and they jumped a little bit. It's been slow," said Ashwin.
The Test is delicately balanced and could go either way. The first session on the third day will be crucial.
If Australia can prise out two quick wickets, the fear is that the Indian cricket board's spin plan may backfire again.