Australian blow the possibility to take an flatten grab on the third Test against Sri Lanka and instead scrabbled to a 48 runs 1st innings lead after reaching 342 for 6 at the end of the 2nd day's play on Friday.
Phil Hughes and David Warner got the hosts off at a canter on a magnificent morning with half centuries in a partnership of 130 runs as Australia looked to build a big total in their offer to sweep the series 3-0.
Two run outs, including one for Mike Hussey in his last Test, and a couple of soft dismissals, however, left Sri Lanka bowling at Matthew Wade, who had survived a good few scare to reach 47 runs, and Peter Siddle not out 16 when stumps were drawn.
Australia skipper Michael Clarke also scored 50 but will probably remember the day more for having given the call for the unsafe single that saw Michael Hussey dismissed for 25 by Dimuth Karunaratne's direct hit. Sri Lanka, who scored 294 runs in their 1st innings, showed considerably more fight than they had in the innings and 201 run crush in Melbourne last week and they were only a couple of dropped catches from being right back in the match.