Sangakkara hits record fourth successive ODI ton

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HOBART: Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara on Wednesday became the first player to score four successive one-day international centuries, setting a new record in a World Cup match against Scotland in Hobart.

The prolific 37-year-old reached the landmark when he guided Kyle Coetzer to third man for two runs as the Sri Lankans raced to 237 for two in the 37th over after electing to bat in the Pool A match at the Bellerive Oval.

Sangakkara had made 105 not out against Bangladesh, an unbeaten 117 in the game with England followed by 104 against Australia.

The left-hander 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.

Sangakkara was eventually out for 124 in the 37th over having hit 13 boundaries and four sixes when he was caught behind off Josh Davey.

Sangakkara is due to retire from one-day internationals after the World Cup where his team has already qualified for the quarter-finals. AFP

 

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