Australia captain Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey helped the hosts inch closer to Sri Lanka's total of 294 on the second day of the third Test on Friday.
Clarke was unbeaten on 42 with Hussey on 18. Phil Hughes (87) and David Warner (85) were dismissed after lunch. Rangana Herath dismissed Hughes first and then Tillakaratne Dilshan got rid off Warner.
Earlier, Warner went on the charge as Australia made a lively run-a-minute response to Sri Lanka's below-par 294 first innings score on the second day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.