Jyoti Randhawa turned in a blemishfree three-under 69 to rise to the tied eighth spot but Gaganjeet Bhullar (75) continued to languish at the bottom after the penultimate round of the Johnnie Walker Golf Championship in Perthshire, Scotland.
The third-round 69, which included three birdies, took Randhawa's overall total to seven-under 209 and put him in contention for a good finish in the event.
The third Indian in fray, Jeev Milkha Singh, lay at the tied 32nd position after a steady two-under 70 left him three-under 213 overall.
But Bhullar continued to struggle and was tied for the 58th spot with a total of two-over 218.
Randhawa was off to a fine start as he picked up a stroke on the second hole and it went steady from there leaving him one-under at the turn.
The back-nine was also bogey-free and Randhawa stroked in back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th to rise up the leaderboard.
Jeev also had a similar day with a seventh-hole bogey being the only blot on his card, which comprised three birdies.
Bhullar, in contrast, had another nightmarish day and ended up dropping five bogeys against just a couple of birdies.
At the top, Italian Francesco Molinari (68) held a one-stroke lead over his brother Edoardo with a total of 10-under 206.