Sri Lanka suffered a dramatic batting collapse on day three of the final Test match in Sydney to give Australia the chance to complete a 3-0 series whitewash over the tourists.
The visitors overcame a brilliant Matt Wade century to be well positioned to set Australia a challenging fourth innings chase and push for a massive boil over in the third Test, the Age reports.
But Lanka suffered an embarrassing second-innings capitulation in the final session to be 7-225 at stumps.
Now, much is needed from remaining batsman Dinesh Chandimal if the Sri Lankans are to make something of their current lead of 87.
A series sweep for Australia and a winning farewell for retiring great Mike Hussey now appear a simple matter of time - the only problem being Mr Cricket may not bat again.
At least captain Michael Clarke threw Hussey the ball for Saturday's last over.
The Australians were under pressure at tea despite declaring at 9-432 half an hour before lunch for a first-innings lead of 138.
Sri Lankan batsmen Mahela Jayawardene (60) and Dimuth Karunaratne (85) played brilliantly to combine for 108, virtually eroding the deficit, but 1-132 quickly became 6-178.
Thilan Samaraweera and Lahiru Thirimanne were the chief culprits for playing unforgivable shots, before a disastrous run-out claimed captain-in-waiting Angelo Mathews.
When skipper Jayawardene was caught behind off Peter Siddle the next over, hope was running out for a brave but ultimately irresponsible Sri Lanka. (ANI)