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Kumar Sangakkara still eyeing finish line

DESPITE becoming the first batsman to score hundreds in three consecutive World Cup matches with a century against Australia last Sunday, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara says he still plans to retire later this year.

The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, the leading run-scorer at this World Cup with 372, is second only to Sachin Tendulkar (18,426) on the all-time list of one-day international runs with 14,065.

Sangakkara, who plans to spend more time at his hugely-popular and highly-rated Ministry of Crab restaurant in Colombo once he retires, said he would hang up his gloves after Sri Lanka hosted a three-Test series against India in August.

He also plans to stop playing ODI matches after this World Cup.

Sri Lanka is already guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals, and can jump to second in Pool A with a win against Scotland in Hobart today.

Australia would regain that position provided it beat the Scots in its final pool game at the same venue on Sunday.

Already battling injury concerns, Sri Lanka will again be without front-line spinner Rangana Herath (hand) for today's match, while batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the tournament after sustaining a hamstring injury in Sunday's loss to Australia.

His place will be taken by Kusal Perera, who has scored 839 ODI runs at an average of 23.30 in 41 matches.

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