Canberra product Jason Behrendorff took a career-best 4-29 to give Western Australia first innings points in the Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the MCG.
The Warriors reached 5-76 at stumps on day two on Friday, an overall lead of 105 after the Bushrangers were dismissed for 219 at tea on an MCG pitch offering assistance to the pace bowlers.
The 22-year-old Behrendorff's figures came off 15 overs and included Victoria's top order of Chris Rogers (43), Peter Handscomb (13) and Cameron White (0).
Behrendorff, playing just his fifth game for the Warriors, said he felt the game was evenly poised.
''If we can get [to the] 200 mark, I think it will be a very competitive game,'' he said.
Victoria's Test seamer James Pattinson claimed 2-19 off 10 fiery overs late in the day to give the ladder-leading Bushrangers hope of an outright win.
''I had a bit of trouble against Tassie [taking 0-89 and 2-24 last week] on a flatter wicket, but I always thought I was there or thereabouts,'' Pattinson said ahead of next week's first Test against South Africa.
''I just found some rhythm in that last spell and felt pretty good.
''I've had a good preparation leading into the first Test and I'm just looking forward to, hopefully, getting these five wickets pretty early tomorrow morning.
''When you're in a rhythm like that you don't really think about speed, it just sort of happens.
''When I try and bowl fast it never really happens. It's funny, it just clicks. It felt like I was hitting Wadey's [wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's] gloves pretty hard.''
Victoria had resumed on day two on 0-21 in reply to the Warriors' first innings of 248. The home side's 219 was boosted by a timely 65 from No. 10 Clint Mckay. AAP