Murali likely to face England in World Cup
Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan is winning the race to be fit for his country’s World Cup quarter-final with England.
The legendary spinner injured a hamstring in his team’s last match against New Zealand but – having participated in a reduced nets session on Wednesday – looks set to be available for the England match on Saturday.
"We are very confident that he will play and I think he's pretty confident he will play as well," said Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss. "He's played through a few niggles in the past and I'm sure he will be fine."
Bet365 make the 38-year-old 9/1 to be man of the match and 10/3 to be Sri Lanka’s top bowler in the game. He is priced, understandably, at a huge 200/1 to be the highest-scoring Sri Lankan batsman. With regard to the overall contest, Sri Lanka are 1/2 favourites while England are priced at 13/8.