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Veteran Mahela Jayawardene brought all his experience into play as he struck an unbeaten 84 to guide Sri Lanka to a respectable 253 for eight in their ICC Champions Trophy match against Australia here today.

Jaywardene made his runs off 81 balls and was involved in an useful partnership of 65 for the sixth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal, who contributed 31 off 32 balls.

Mahela Jayawardene surpassed 11,000 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODI).

He is the eighth player in the world and third Sri Lankan after Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara to cross the 11,000-run mark in the ODI format.

Jacques Kallis and Sangakkara are the only other cricketers in the elite list apart from Jayawardene to be still playing.

The list of the highest run-scorers in ODIs is headed by Sachin Tendulkar who has 18,426 runs to his credit.

Australia will need to chase down the target in 29.1 overs to ensure a place in the semifinals from group A alongside England.

The Lankans held the edge at the break, but in the event of Australia winning the game after 29.1 overs, New Zealand will be through.