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Mathews goes down on his knees to beg Sangakkara not to quit ODI

ADELAIDE: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has gone down on his knees to beg superstar batsman Sanagakkara not to quit One-day cricket after the World Cup.

Kumar Sangakkara who has been on a record breaking journey in the World Cup as he became the only player to score four consecutive centuries in the tournament.

The 37 year old second leading runs scorer in ODI will call time on his One-day career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich vein of form — on Wednesday he became the first batsman to score four consecutive one-day centuries as Sri Lanka thrashed Scotland by 148 runs.

The left-hander hit 124 off 95 balls and 38-year-old Tillakaratne Dilshan made 104 as the Islanders piled up 363 for nine and then bowled Scotland out for 215 in the Pool A match at the Bellerive Oval.

Sangakkara had also made 105 not out against Bangladesh, an unbeaten 117 against England and 104 against Australia.

He is also the leading scorer in the ongoing tournament with 496 runs from six games.

If that wasn’t enough, Sangakkara also took two catches to overtake Adam Gilchrist as the most successful World Cup wicket-keeper with 54 dismissals. The Australian had 52 victims to his name.

“I’ve been on my knees asking Kumar not to retire but we have to respect his wishes because we are thankful for all the times he has represented the country,” said Mathews.

The skipper added: “The boys played really well and credit should go to Dilshan and Sangakkara, they are getting better and better with age.

Sri Lanka had already qualified for the quarter-finals and will likely face South Africa in the last eight while Scotland have now lost all five matches.

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