PERTH - The quirky laws of cricket mean Western Australia and Tasmania will be back this morning at the WACA Ground, with the host needing six runs and the Tigers two wickets.
Despite the fact the Sheffield Shield game could very well be decided in an over, a result was not achieved with an extra half-hour taken at the end of the third day yesterday.
The Warriors have done a brilliant job to be 8-351 and within striking distance of their third-best run-chase at the WACA after appearing out of the contest for much of the match.
WA was bowled out in its first innings for a paltry 97 with Tasmania making 211 and 242 either side of that to set the Warriors 357 to win.
That looked near impossible when WA slumped to 3-37 with Liam Davis (15), Marcus Harris (seven) and Luke Towers (five) all out, only for WA to start its resurgence.
Michael Hussey scored 44, his highest score since posting 115 not out in the first Test against Sri Lanka in December.
John Rogers added 39 and then Mitch Marsh continued his strong comeback from a hamstring injury with 51.
With the score 6-203, Sam Whiteman (83) and Ashton Agar (71 not out) then formed a partnership of 121 runs, the best stand of the bowler-dominated match.
WA coach Justin Langer was impressed with his side's fightback, and accepting of the sleepless night ahead.
``Mitchell Marsh, Sam Whiteman and Ashton Agar are only 20 or 21-year-old kids so I've been really thrilled with the way they have fought back,'' Langer said.
``There were a few people getting right into the game like we all were, but the fact is that is the rules of the game.
``I thought the umpires showed good commonsense to allow those eight overs to happen.
``I could jump up and down saying that of course we would like the game decided tonight, but that's the rules and we have to abide by them.''
Tasmania had still looked on top when Marsh was out with WA still needing a further 154 to win, but Whiteman and Agar swung the momentum again.
Whiteman eventually fell for a game-high 83 when caught by Alex Doolan off James Faulkner.
Agar was dropped by Ricky Ponting before he scored, but showed he could very well be a long-term all-rounder of considerable quality and not just a left-arm spinner.
Agar was joined by Burt Cockley (four not out) after Ryan Duffield was out for nine.
Faulkner took 4-65 for Tasmania and Ben Hilfenhaus 3-59.
Adding further spice to the result is the fact that the winner remains in contention to make next month's final and the loser is out of the race.