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T20 WC: Sri Lanka wait on Murali`s fitness

Bridgetown: Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said Muttiah Muralitharan "didn`t look great" as the uncertainty over the star off-spinner`s fitness to play on in the World Twenty20 deepened.

After conflicting statements this week from officials in Colombo, who said he was coming home with a tournament-ending groin injury, and the team in the Caribbean, Murali played in Sri Lanka`s 57-run Super Eights win over hosts the West Indies here at the Kensington Oval yesterday.

He bowled his full quota of four overs but did not take a wicket in a return of none for 26 and after the match Bayliss said of Murali: "He`s getting treatment, he`s pulled up a bit sore.”

"We will just have to wait and see how it comes up tomorrow (Saturday) morning, that will be the real test. At the moment it doesn`t look great."

The Australian added: "You take the word of the player. Murali thought that he was right, that he was ready to go and so when a player that of that calibre like Murali says he is right to go, he knows what his body feels like."

Muralitharan suffered the injury during Sri Lanka`s tournament-opening loss to New Zealand in Guyana and missed the subsequent victory over Zimbabwe, where his place was taken by fellow off-break bowler Suraj Randiv.

Sri Lanka, last year`s losing finalists, continue their quest for a semi-final berth against Australia here on Sunday.

Muralitharan is the most successful bowler in history with a record 792 Test and 512 in one-day internationals.

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