Sydney - Kumar Sangakkara became just the sixth player to score 500 runs at a
Cricket World Cup before his record-breaking run of hundreds came to an end
during Wednesday's quarter-final against South Africa.
LIVE: South Africa v Sri Lanka
37-year-old left-hander came into this match on the back of a record run
of four successive hundreds after making 105 not out against
Bangladesh, 117 not out against England, 104 against Australia and 124
against Scotland in the group stage.
However, needing just four
more for 500 runs in the tournament, Sangakkara -- a losing finalist at
the 2007 and 2011 World Cups - found scoring more difficult against
South Africa, taking 28 balls to get to five with a three off Kyle
With wickets tumbling around him, Sangakkara - in what is
set to be his final ODI before retirement if Sri Lanka lose -- was
eventually out for 45 off 96 balls, including just three fours, as Sri
Lanka collapsed to 127 for nine in the 37th over after the Islanders won
There have now been seven instances of a batsman
scoring 500 runs at a World Cup, with India great Sachin Tendulkar - who performed the feat twice - holding the record for most runs at a
World Cup with 673 at the 2003 edition in Southern Africa.
Tendulkar also scored 523 runs at the 1996 World Cup.
other batsmen to have made 500 runs at a World Cup include Sangakkara's
Sri Lanka team-mates Mahela Jayawardene (548 in 2007) and Tillakaratne
Dilshan (500 in 2011), as well as Australia's Matthew Hayden (659 in
2007) and Ricky Ponting (539 in 2007).