Hobart - Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to score four consecutive
one-day centuries as Sri Lanka thrashed Scotland by 148 runs in the Cricket World Cup in Hobart on Wednesday.
The left-hander hit 124 off 95
balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan made 104 as the Islanders piled up 363
for nine and then bowled Scotland out for 215 in 43.1 overs in the Pool A
match at the Bellerive Oval.
Skipper Preston Mommsen (60) and
Freddie Coleman (70) put on 118 for the fourth wicket but they provided
the only Scottish challenge as seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Dushmantha
Chameera grabbed three wickets each.
Sangakkara also took two
catches to overtake Adam Gilchrist as the most successful World Cup
wicket-keeper with 54 dismissals. The Australian had 52 victims to his
Sri Lanka ended the league with four wins from six matches
and now await an undecided opponent in the first quarter-final at the
Sydney Cricket Ground on March 18.
Scotland's fifth successive
defeat means they will take an early flight home after their final
league match against Australia at the same venue on Saturday.
37, who will retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup, had made
105 not out against Bangladesh, an unbeaten 117 against England and 104
He is the the leading scorer in the ongoing
tournament with 496 runs from six games, followed in second place by
38-year-old Dilshan with 395 runs.
The pair put on 195 for the
second wicket after Lahiru Thirimanne had been snapped up in the slips
off Alasdair Evans in the sixth over after Sri Lanka won the toss and
elected to bat.
Scotland had to wait till the 35th over for their
next success as Sangakkara and Dilshan toyed with the bowling in good
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 with two runs.
Sangakkara leapfrogged six
players who had scored three ODI centuries in a row -- 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.
followed his unbeaten 161 against Bangladesh with his fourth World Cup
century before he holed out in the deep off seamer Josh Davey.
struck two quick 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.
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
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.
Sri Lanka go into the knock-out
rounds 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.