Sangakkara joins sachin in 14000 club
Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman after Indian icon Sachin Tendulkar to score 14,000 ODI runs when the Sri Lankan veteran reached the landmark against Australia in a World Cup Pool A match here on Sunday. He also became the first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup matches. Sangakkara was 39 short of reaching the milestone when he came out to bat at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Chasing a mammoth 377-run target, Sangakkara put up a spirited show with his fluent century and kept Sri Lanka in the hunt till he was dismissed. Left-hander Sangakkara, 37, got to the feat with a paddled two to fine leg off spinner Glenn Maxwell in the 14th over of Sri Lankan innings. This was Sangakkara’s 378th innings in 402 ODIs. Sangakkara has been in prolific touch and in his last two outings scored back to back centuries. He scored a 73-ball ton against Bangladesh and then notched up another impressive hundred off 70 balls against England. Both his hundreds proved to be match winning ones and gave Sri Lanka much needed fillip after their poor start against New Zealand in the tournament opener.