Australia need 192 to win the first Test in Barbados after dismissing the West Indies for 148 in their second innings on Wednesday.
Ben Hilfenhaus led the way for Australia with 4-27 from his 17 overs while Darren Bravo’s 32 was the best the Windies could muster on a fading Kensington Oval pitch.
Needing quick wickets to ensure they had enough time to chase any target on the final, Ryan Harris (3-31) provided the perfect start for Australia, trapping Narsingh Deonarine LBW for 21 after the Windies had only added four runs to their overnight score of 5-71.
That brought captain Darren Sammy to the crease and he built a solid-looking partnership with Carlton Baugh before Nathan Lyon dropped a simple catch at deep mid-on when Sammy mis-cued a drive of Peter Siddle (2-32).
That drop didn’t prove costly however with Sammy falling just two runs later for 14 in unfortunate circumstances.
Sammy blocked a relatively innocuous delivery from Shane Watson (1-30) but screwed the ball off his boot and into the stumps as he attempted to kick it away to leave the Windies 7-106.
Hilfenhaus continued the rout as he dismissed Carlton Baugh for 23 leaving tail-enders Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo with the task of getting the lead past 200.
Roach (25) gave some resistance but in the end the hosts’ lead could only grow to 191, giving Australia a good chance to claim the win and go 1-0 up in the three Test series.