(CNN) -- Simon Katich missed out on a century by single run as he helped put Australia in a commanding position after the first day of the third Test against the West Indies.
The 34-year-old left-handed batsman reached 99 before he chased a ball outside off stump from Sulieman Benn and was caught at square leg by Kemar Roach but Australia were able to reach 339 for three at stumps.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting won the toss at the WACA in Perth and his decision was vindicated as they ended the first session 106 without loss as the West Indies bowlers toiled without reward.
The tourists eventually made the breakthrough after lunch when opener Shane Watson missed out on his maiden Test century after he edged Roach to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin having made 89 and put on 132 for the first wicket.
Ponting came to the crease but was struck on the elbow in his second ball from a fired-up Roach and despite defying the pain he was forced to retire hurt on 23, although an x-ray revealed there was no serious damage.
Katich fell with the score on 260 and Michael Clarke (11) missed out after he was caught by West Indies captain Chris Gayle off the bowling of Narsingh Deonarine which saw Australia lose their third wicket with the score on 277.
But the home side continued to pile on the runs in Ponting's absence as Michael Hussey made an unbeaten 81 by the close and seeks to become the Aussies' first centurion of the series on his home ground.
Hussey will resume with Marcus North, who is 23 not out, on day two as Australia look to bat West Indies out of the game in the final Test of a three-match series they lead 1-0.
Elsewhere, India clinched a dramatic three-run victory over Sri Lanka in a one-day international in Rajkot in what was the second-highest aggregate of runs scored in a limited overs contest.
Batsman Virender Sehwag smashed six sixes and 17 boundaries as his 146 helped India post an imposing 414 for seven off their 50 overs.
But Sri Lanka were not daunted by the total and Tillakratne Dilshan's quickfire 160 was the backbone of dramatic run chase.
Kumar Sangakkara hit the ball to all parts of the ground as he added 90 off 43 balls but late run-outs cost Sri Lanka who could only total 411 for eight -- an agonizing four runs short of victory.