London, June 18: Sri Lanka edged Australia by 20 runs and in the process booked their seat in the semifinals of the Champions Trophy at the Kennington Oval here Monday.
England tied on four points with Sri Lanka top Group A, due to a better run-rate, and will play South Africa Wednesday in the first semifinal here. Sri Lanka will take on India at Cardiff in the second semifinal Thursday.
Mahela Jayawardene stroked a brilliant 84 off 81 balls taking Sri Lanka to 253 for eight.
A 41-run last wicket partnership between Clint McKay (30) and Xavier Doherty (15) almost saw their team home but in the end Australia were bowled out for 233 in 42.3 overs.
Earlier Sri Lanka, put into bat, were straight away on the back-foot, losing Kusal Perera (4) and Kumar Sangakkara (3) with the score on 20.
Tillkaratane Dilshan (34) and Lahiru Thirimanne (57) brought the Lankans back on track with a 72-run stand for the third wicket.
It was a Jayawardene masterclass from thereon in as the diminutive right-hander stroked 11 boundaries and took his team to a fighting total.
The key, though, was the 65-run partnership that the former captain forged with Dinesh Chandimal (31).
Australia, who needed to reach the target in 29 overs for a place in the semifinal, lost the dangerous Shane Watson (5) in the second over. Phil Hughes (15) too didn't stick around for much longer as the Australians went hell for leather to achieve the target as quick as possible.
Lasith Malinga disturbed the timber, yorking Glenn Maxwell, who had struck five fours and a six in his innings of 32 off 25 balls.
The Aussies looking for the quick runs scored at a phenomenal rate but kept losing wickets in the process.
It seemed as Adam Voges (49) would take his team to victory but a rush of blood cost him his wicket.
Kushal Perera lbw Johnson 4
Tillekaratne Dilshanc Watson b Doherty 34
Kumar Sangakkara c Maxwell b McKay 31
Lahiru Thirimanne c Watson b Johnson 57
Mahila Jayawardene not out 84
Angelo Mathews b Faulkner 12
Dinesh Chandimal c Hughes b Johnson 31
Nuwan Kulasekara run out (Maxwell/Wade) 6
Rangana Herathrun out (Marsh/Faulkner) 2
Lasith Malinga not out 2
Extras (b 5, lb 7, w 4, nb 2) 18
Total (for eight wickets in 50 overs) 253
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Perera, 0.3 overs), 2-20 (Sangakkara, 3.2), 3-92 (Dilshan, 22.2), 4-128 (Thirimanne, 31.3),5-159 (Mathews, 36.6), 6-224 (Chandimal, 46.2), 7-234 (Kulasekara, 47.4), 8-244 (Herath, 49.1)
Mitchell Johnson 10-0-48-3
James Faulkner 9-0-60-1
Shane Watson 4-0-14-0
Xavier Doherty 10-1-30-1
Mitchell Marsh 2-0-12-0
Glenn Maxwell 5-0-26-0
Shane Watson b Kulasekara 5
Phil Hughes c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 13
Glenn Maxwell b Malinga 32
George Bailey run out (Kulasekara) 4
Adam Voges c Eranga b Herath 49
Mitchell Marsh b Mathews 4
Mathew Wade c Dilshan b Kulasekara 31
James Faulkner c Sangakkara b Herath 17
Mitchell Johnson c Kulasekara b Eranga 4
Clint McKay c and b Dilshan 30
Xavier Doherty not out 15
Extras (lb 11, w 17, nb 1) 29
Total: (all out in 42.3 overs) 233
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Watson, 1.2 overs), 2-45 (Hughes, 5.2), 3-59 (Maxwell, 6.3), 4-69 (Bailey, 8.3), 5-80 (Marsh, 12.6), 6-127 (Wade, 19.1), 7-163 (Faulkner, 23.6), 8-168 (Johnson, 24.6), 9-192 (Voges, 30.2), 10-233 (McKay, 42.3)
Shaminda Eranga 8-1-40-1
Nuwan Kulasekara 9-0-42-3
Lasith Malinga 9-0-60-1
Rangana Herath 10-0-48-2
Angelo Mathews 3-0-21-1
Tillakaratne Dilshan 3.3-0-11-1
Toss: Australia chose to field
Player of the match: Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Tony Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (India)
Reserve umpire: Billy Bowden (New Zealand)