Hobart - Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to score four consecutive
one-day centuries as Sri Lanka piled up 363 for nine in the Cricket World Cup
Pool A match against Scotland in Hobart on Wednesday.
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
Sri Lanka, who were 216 for one at one stage, lost eight
wickets for 147 runs as the later batsmen attacked the inexperienced
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.
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.
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
The prolific 37-year-old surpassed six players who had scored three ODI centuries in a row.
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.
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.
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.
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 Wardlaw.