Victoria trail Western Australia by 239 runs with seven wickets in hand at the end of day two of the Sheffield Shield final at the WACA in Perth.
The Vics were 3-147 at stumps in reply to Western Australia’s 386.
Captain Peter Handscomb was unbeaten on 39 with nightwatchman Mitch Perry not out on 10.
Victoria started their first innings strongly, albeit with a modest scoring rate, to put on 75 for the opening wicket before the heavy-scoring Travis Dean went for 28, superbly caught at short-leg by Teague Wyllie.
Young gun Will Pucovski looked in good touch until Joel Paris found a faint inside edge to dismiss the opener for 51.
Matt Short then went for 10 in the final overs of the day, caught in the slips off Aaron Hardie.
The Vics have already used up 58 overs, leaving Western Australia currently in the ascendency via the bonus points system used should the match end in a draw.
Western Australia earlier added 96 to their overnight 3-290, but it took some big-hitting from Corey Rocchiccioli (50) to revive the home side following a middle-order collapse.
Vics paceman Will Sutherland picked up 5-78 as WA lost 6-35 at one stage.
Opener Cameron Bancroft only added six to his overnight 135 before he was dismissed by Scott Boland (3-80) as Victoria fought back following a disastrous day one.