Perth:Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna beat Australia 2-1 in a Group A encounter to keep India afloat in the Hopman Cup in Perth on Tuesday.
Sania overcame a stiff challenge from Alicia Molik to win the women's singles clash 6-2 2-6 6-4 to give India a 1-0 lead.
However, Bopanna lost to Peter Luczak 7-6 6-3 as the sixth-seeded hosts levelled the contest.
Sania and Bopanna then defeated Molik and Luczak in a closely fought mixed doubles encounter to pull off their first victory in the tournament.
The Indian duo won the deciding match 6-2 4-6 7-6 (13/11) after a tussle lasting 77 minutes.
The Indian pair, which lost its opening tie to the United States, have one win and one loss. The top team in each group advances to Friday's final.
Sania, who almost lost the final set after being 5-1 up, acknowledged that it was never easy against a tough opponent like Molik.
"I almost lost that one. 15-40, love-40, it does not matter, she can come up with a big serve at any time," she said.
In their next group engagement on January 3, seventh-seeded India will take on Czech Republic, seeded third in the tournament.