World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka vs Scotland in 5 milestones1 min read . Updated: 12 Mar 2015, 01:04 AM IST
Is there anything Sangakkara can’t do?
Sri Lanka on Wednesday beat Scotland by 148 runs in Hobart and moved to the second spot in Pool A. It was undoubtedly Kumar Sangakkara’s day, both with the bat and his wicketkeeping gloves.
Here are five milestones from the match which include his record-breaking streaks:
1. After taking the Scottish bowling attack head-on, Sangakkara went on to calmly collect his fourth consecutive ODI ton—a feat that has never been achieved before. The left-hander surpassed six players who had scored three ODI centuries in a row. And he’s all set to retire soon. Pity.
2. Kumar Sangakkara again! He now has 54 World Cup dismissals as wicketkeeper (from 36 matches), bettering Adam Gilchrist’s 52 dismissals from (31 matches). Sangakkara already overtook Gilchrist’s overall ODI dismissals record earlier this year and now sits comfortably in the pole position with a total of 482 catches plus stumpings behind the wicket. M.S. Dhoni by the way is at number four on the same table, below Gilchrist and Mark Boucher, with 323 dismissals.
3. The Scots may have yet to win an ODI game against a test-playing nation, but their only consolation in this tournament has been their bowler Josh Davey who leads the wickets table with 14 scalps to his name. His quiet conquests with the ball has seen him overtake the dangerous Trent Boult who is just a wicket behind him after playing in five matches.
4. Ok, one last Sangakkara fact. He now has a whopping 496 runs in his kitty since he started his World Cup campaign with his team. Just behind him is teammate Tillakaratne Dilshan (who also scored a century in Wednesday’s game) with 395 runs. Dilshan had already become the fifth Sri Lankan to score 1,000 World Cup runs before the start of the game against Scotland. And no other team apart from Sri Lanka has more than three players with 1,000 runs in World Cups.
5. Here’s a heartbreak stat: Kyle Coetzer needed just 29 runs to become the third player to score 1,000 ODI runs for Scotland. Alas, he was dismissed for nought on Wednesday. Before the match against Sri Lanka, Coetzer had scored 268 runs at an average of 53.6 in his last five ODI innings against Test-playing nations.
(With inputs from AFP)