With this century not only he helped the Island nation thrash England by nine wickets but also went past the trio of Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, and Chris Gayle, who are on 22 hundreds each.

Now he is only behind three batting grates Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), and Sanath Jayasuriya (28).

ICC WC: Thirimanne, Sangakkara salm tons to thrash England by nine wickets

Sangakkara joined Lahiru Thirimanne after the fall of Tillakaratne Dilshan, and was content to give the strike to the youngster before opening up himself.

At one stage it seemed that Sangakkara would beat Thirimanne to the hundred. Thirimanne eventually reached there first and Sangakkara smashed his fastest ODI hundred - off mere 70 balls.

Sangakkara had scored a hundred in his previous ODI outing as well — in the ICC World Cup encounter against Bangladesh at Melbourne Cricket Ground three days back. Of the seven men, however, Sangakkara has taken most innings (16.391) per hundred, while Kohli has required the least (6.591).

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