MAHELA JAYAWARDENE'S skipper knock of 85 off 81 deliveries led Sri Lanka to defeat Australia by 3 wickets in the Commonwealth Bank Tri Series ninth match at the Bellerive Oval Ground, Hobart, Australia on Friday. Final scores: AUSTRALIA 250/6 (50 overs) SRI LANKA 283/7 (49.2 overs). He also earned the honors of being declared as the Man of the Match. Besides him, Dinesh Chandimal also played his role in the Lankan victory hitting a solid 80. The Lankans chase of 281 runs throughand Tillakaratne Dilshan had a solid 55 opening stand before Dilshan had lost his wicket, caught off for 3. then added 35 more to the total with Mahela when the Aussies struck again and Sanga was gone at 90 caught David Warner off Christian for 22 off 22 deliveries. Dinesh Chandimal and Jayawardene then carried the total past 150 adding 63 for the third wicket when Xavier Doherty struck at 153 and Mahela's fighting innings came to an end, stumped Matthew Wade for 85. A solid innings off 81 deliveries including a six and 6 fours. Lahiru Thirimanne joined Chandi and added another 49 before the fourth wicket was fallen when Christian struck for the second time removing Thirimanne at the hands of Hilfenhaus at 202 for 24. Chandi had added another 41 with Angelo Mathews before losing his wicket at 243, Ryan Harris trapped him leg before for 80. He also hit 7 boundaries. departed quickly to give Hilfenhaus his second wicket at 250 caught by Harris for 5. Angelo Mathews was the last Lankan batsman out at the total of 267, third Christian victim for 24 before Thisara Perera and Nathan Kulasekara managed the remaining runs without further damage to give the Lankans a three wicket victory just 4 balls left in the last over. Perera was not out 21 including a six and 2 boundaries while Kula had a boundary to his credit. Daniel Christian was the most successful of the seven Aussies bowlers finishing at the top with three for 53 followed by Ben Hilfenhaus two for 51 while Ryan Harris and Xavier Doherty took one each.Earlier, Michael J Clarke had won the toss and decided to bat first through David Warner and Matthew Wade but ran into early trouble losing Wade in the second over with just 5 on the board. He was caught by Mahela Jayawardene off Nuwan Kulasekara for 5. A simple catch for the Lankan skipper. Peter Forrest came at number 3 but the partnership didn't last long, 18 more added to the total when Warner was caught by Kumar Sangakkara off Maharoof for 7. The Aussies seemed to be in trouble when Michael Clarke joined Forrest and together the two batsmen gave the bowlers quite a beating and carry the score past 150 and at the end of the 35 overs they were very well placed at 167 for 2. While Forrest was closer to his hundred having hit two sixes and 8 boundaries, Clarke had his 61 also included two sixes and 4 boundaries. Already six men tried with the ball both Forrest and Clarke held on strongly for the third wicket. The partnership was finally broken by Angelo Mathews when he had Clarke caught by Thisara Perera for 72 at 181. He also hit two sixes and 5 boundaries to add 154 for the third wicket. was the new man, 39 overs gone 184 for 3. Farveez Maharoof was the only bowler to have completed his quota of 10 overs and finished with one for 40. Forrest reached his hundred and also recorded his highest score in ODI and he lost immediately after that at 201 caught Maharoof off Mathews for 104 including two sixes and 10 fours. nother Hussey in the middle, now Mike and David had to dig in little for the remaining 58 deliveries. Their association brought 42 runs for the fifth wicket when Mike Hussey lost his wicket at 243 bowled for 21 and Daniel Christian was the last man out as the Aussies innings wrapped up at 280 for 6 off 50 overs. Christian was stumped by Sanga off Rangana Herath for 6. before and played out the remaining time fr another 30 runs without further loss. David was not 40 including a six and 2 boundaries while Lee hit a six and a boundary in his unbeaten 20. Angelo Mathews was the most successful bowler having taken two for 43 followed by Malinga, Kulasekara, Maharoof and Herath one each. Sri Lanka required 281 to win. Australia next plays India on Sunday at Sydney.