29 Mar 2011

Murali in doubt for semi-final

6:30 am on 29 March 2011

The Sri Lankan spin star Muttiah Muralitharan is in a race against time to be fit to play in tonight's Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Colombo.

The 38-year-old, who will retire after the tournament, is struggling with a hamstring injury and knee problem.

Captain Kumar Sangakkara says everyone around him is trying to get Murali as fit as soon as possible and fit enough to play.

Meanwhile the New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori says he was shocked about the plans for the pitch for the match at the R. Premdasa Stadium.

He says they've revealed they'll be playing on the same wicket as the one England played on in the last match.

Vettori says he thought it would have been mandatory to prepare a fresh wicket, but obviously not.

Despite beating the Black Caps in the group encounter and at the last World Cup, Sangakkara said his team will be wary of the threat posed by the underdogs... he says

Vettori is a great captain and has been around the scene for a long time. He understands these conditions.