Sangakkara makes Cricket history as Sri Lanka beat Scotland

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka celebrates his century

Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to score four consecutive one-day
centuries as Sri Lanka piled up 363 for nine in the World Cup Pool A match against
Scotland in Hobart on Wednesday.

The left-hander made 124 off 95 balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan scored 104,
the pair adding 195 for the second wicket after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected
to bat at the Bellerive Oval.

Skipper Angelo Mathews smashed 51 off 21 balls at the end, slamming four sixes
in a row off spinner Matt Machan before being caught next ball on the mid-wicket

“I am really enjoying it so far, I want to carry my form on for a few
more games,” said Dilshan.

“It’s a great experience to bat with Kumar, he’s a great player and we’ve
put on a lot of partnerships over the years.”

Sri Lanka, who were 216 for one at one stage, lost eight wickets for 147 runs
as the later batsmen attacked the inexperienced Scotland attack.

Dilshan and Sangakkara came together in the sixth over after Lahiru Thirimanne
had been snapped up in the slips off Alasdair Evans for a scratchy four off
20 deliveries.

Scotland had to wait till the 35th over for their next success as the pair
toyed with the bowling in good batting conditions.

Sangakkara is the leading scorer in the tournament with 496 runs from six games,
while Dilshan is second with 395 runs.

Both batsmen reached their centuries off successive balls from Kyle Coetzer
in the 34th over, Dilshan taking a single to record his second hundred in the
tournament before Sangakkara followed next ball.

Sangakkara, who plans to leave one-day cricket after the World Cup, had made
105 not out against Bangladesh, an unbeaten 117 against England and 104 against

The prolific 37-year-old surpassed six players who had scored three ODI centuries
in a row.

They were Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar of Pakistan, the South African trio
of Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, and Ross Taylor of
New Zealand.

Dilshan, aged 38, followed his unbeaten 161 against Bangladesh with his fourth
World Cup century before he holed out in the deep off seamer Josh Davey.

Davey then struck two huge blows soon after, getting rid of Mahela Jayawardene
and Sangakkara off successive balls as Sri Lanka slipped from 216 for one to
244 for four.

Jayawardene, 37, who will also retire after the World Cup having already quit
Test cricket, made two when he was caught at mid-off by Calum MacLeod.

Sangakkara edged the next delivery to the wicket-keeper, sparking wild celebrations
among the Scottish supporters in the stands.

The match gives Sri Lanka a chance to fine-tune preparations for next week’s
quarter-finals for which they have already qualified.

Scotland are out of the race, having lost all their four matches so far.

Sri Lanka are beset with injuries, with seamer Dhammika Prasad ruled out of
the tournament before it started and Jeevan Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh
Chandimal sidelined during it.

Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath is yet to recover from a finger injury
and missed the match. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera and batsman Kusal Perera
made their World Cup debuts for Sri Lanka.

Scotland made three changes from their previous game, bringing in Freddie Coleman,
Rob Taylor and Michael Leask in place of Majid Haq, Hamish Gardiner and Iain

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