Sri Lanka ended their fourth day at 65/2 in the chasing the target of 393 runs to win the 1st Test at Hobart against Australia. Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 18 with captain Mahela Jayawardene on 5 runs.
Earlier, the hosts finished nine wickets down after skipper Michael Clarke retired hurt with an injured hamstring after scoring 57 off 46 balls and injured bowler Ben Hilfenhaus batted despite a side strain.
Australia collapsed, losing their last eight wickets for 146 runs, after openers David Warner (68) and Ed Cowan (56) add 132 runs for the first wicket.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath take five for 95 runs to lead the Sri Lanka counter-attack. Clarke went after the runs and reached a half-century in 43 balls, but he called for the team physio for a right hamstring injury and retired hurt on 57.
Sri Lanka need 328 more runs to victory, the Australian team will hold all the aces when play begins on the final day.