Kumar Sangakkara took 363 ODIs to reach the milestone of 13,000 ODI runs, making the fourth-fastest to do so © Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara took 363 ODIs to reach the milestone of 13,000 ODI runs, making the fourth-fastest to do so © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 3, 2014

Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara reached another career milestone during the third One-Day International (ODI) against England in Hambantota when he reached  a score of 13 from 17 balls, completing 13,000 One-Day International (ODI) runs in the process. Sangakkara became the second Sri Lankan batsman after Sanath Jayasuriya, and the fourth batsman in the history of the format to complete 13,000 runs. Sri Lanka reached a score of 38 for three at the end of eight overs.

Sangakkara is now the second-highest all-time run-getter for Sri Lanka in ODIs, with Sanath Jayasuriya leading the way. Following are the top-five run-getters for Sri Lanka:

 

Batsman Runs 100s 50s Career span
Sanath Jayasuriya 13,364 28 68 1989-2011
Kumar Sangakkara 13,000* 19 85 2000-Present
Mahela Jayawardene 11,899 16 74 1998-Present
Aravinda de Silva 9,284 11 64 1984-2003
Tillakaratne Dilshan 8,784 17 40 1999-Present

* indicates the innings was going on at the time of this report

Sangakkara also became the third-fastest to 13,000 runs in ODIs, although there have been only four batsmen in the history of the format to conquer that milestone. Following is list of batsmen with the aforementioned achievement, in descending order of the number of matches completed at the time of reaching the milestone:

 

Batsman Team Matches Runs Career span
Sachin Tendulkar India 321 18,426 1989-2012
Ricky Ponting Australia 341 13,704 1995-2012
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka 363 13,000 2000-Present
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 428 13,430 1989-2011

Sri Lanka earlier won the toss and chose to bat, with their batting lineup firing consistently in the series so far. The hosts were playing without the presence of Mahela Jayawardene, whose request to not play the third ODI due to personal reasons was granted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as well as the team manager. Sri Lanka currently lead the series 2-0, and will look to consolidate their stronghold in the ongoing series with a victory in the third game as well.