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Sangakkara makes history with four consecutive ODI centuries

HOUBART: Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara made history with fourth consecutive one-day international century in World Cup.  

The wicket-keeper batsman, who is going to retire from one-day international after World Cup, become the first man in ODI history to score centuries in four consecutive matches.

The 37-year scored his fourth consecutive ODI century against Scotland in Hobart on Wednesday. The batting great scored 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England and 104 against Australia in earlier World Cup matches.

On Sunday, Sangakkara had become just the seventh man in history and the first in a World Cup to score three consecutive ODI centuries, and today he claimed the record for his own.

All four of his centuries have come at better than a run a ball.

The left-hander brought up his hundred against the Scots with a couple of runs to third man off the bowling of Kyle Coetzer. He played 86 balls to reach the milestone and hit nine fours and three sixes. He was eventually caught behind for 124 from 95 balls, with 13 fours and four sixes.

It is his 62 international century in an incredible career that is now in its 15th year.

The veteran wicket-keeper batsman announced before the World Cup began that he would retire from ODI cricket at the end of the tournament.

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