Sri Lanka ease to victory, Sangakkara breaks record


Kumar Sangakkara scored his fourth consecutive century, the first player to do so in ODI's, as Sri Lanka eased to a 148-run win over Scotland in a World Cup Pool A encounter in Hobart on Wednesday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Sri Lanka's total of 363 for nine was mainly due to a 195-run partnership for the second wicket between Sangakkara and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan. Other opener Lahiru Thirimanne fell cheaply early on.

Both players scored hundreds, Dilshan hit 104 in 99 balls while Sangakkara's record-breaking knock of 124 came in 95 balls, included 13 fours and four sixes.

After the loss of both batsmem, Sri Lanka proceeded to lose their way somewhat, losing a cluster of wickets until skipper Angelo Mathews (54) and Kusal Perera (24) restored order with some late hitting.

Scotland medium-pacer Josh Davey captured three for 63 in eight over, while an honourable mention has to go to left-arm medium-pacer Rob Taylor who bowled 10 economical overs for 46 runs while taking the wicket of Kusal.

In pursuit of the target, Scotland were never really in the chase. It was more about batting for pride than anything else. Freddie Coleman, batting at number five, top-scored with 70 while skipper Preston Mommsen weighed in with 60.

The Scots were eventually bowled out for 215 to hand the Asian team a comfortable victory. All the bowlers shared the wickets but returning seamer Nuwan Kulasekara was the pick bagging three for 20 in seven overs.