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25 March 201116:43

Sangakkara says Murali fit for quarterfinal

Sri Lanka's off-spinner suffered hamstring injury in the match against New Zealand

Sangakkara says Murali fit for quarterfinal
 - Cricket News

Muttiah Muralidaran during a practice session.

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara says his ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan is fit for Saturday's World Cup quarterfinal against England.

Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in both Test matches and ODIs, pulled his hamstring during the last group match against New Zealand last week.

Sangakkara says "Murali is fine to play, he is 100 per cent OK which is great for us."

Muralitharan has already announced his retirement from international cricket after the World Cup. He has so far taken 11 wickets in six 2011 World Cup matches at an average of 14.18.

Sangakkara says Muralitharan "does really well in big games" and his side is confident the champion offspinner can produce the goods for Sri Lanka.