Sri Lanka's World Cup cricket team dominated against Scotland Wednesday, beating the European players by 148 runs. The 363-215 win puts Sri Lanka at second in the Pool A points table, the Hindu reported, below New Zealand at No. 1. Pending the outcome of their upcoming match against Australia, Scotland will finish at the bottom.
"It was a brilliant wicket so not to go and get a bigger score was slightly disappointing," Scotland captain Preston Mommsen told BBC. "But today was a huge learning experience."
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara scored 124 runs off 95 balls. The 37 year old has said he'll be retiring after 15 years from one-day international (ODI) tournaments at the end of the World Cup, and Wednesday he became the first man to hit four consecutive ODI hundreds. He told reporters the victory against Scotland does not change his decision. "Retirement is not about form," he said. "It is about time and place and whether it feels right. It is never about whether you can play or not."
If Scotland loses its next match, the team will have lost all its games in its third consecutive World Cup. But Sangakkara told reporters he supported their efforts. "Scotland and the other teams have been called minnows, but they have done wonderfully well for the World Cup and for cricket here," he said. "Teams like that, with the effort they put in and the color they have brought, and the joy they have given the spectators and everyone, I think they richly deserve to keep on playing in World Cups."
The 2015 Cricket World Cup goes through March 29 in Australia and New Zealand. Among the most-anticipated matches in coming days are Bangladesh vs. New Zealand and England vs. Afghanistan, according to previous International Business Times reporting. Fans can follow along with live updates on the official website.