Sangakkara praises Sri Lanka’s golden oldies

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, April 9, 2007 (AFP) – Wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara believes golden oldies Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan are proving to be the inspiration as Sri Lanka target a second World Cup title. “The win was important for us and we know now that we have an excellent chance of qualifying for the semi-finals if we win one of our three remaining matches.”

Sri Lanka are second in the Super Eights table with six points following a defeat to South Africa and two wins over West Indies and England.

The 1996 champions don’t play again until Thursday when they tackle New Zealand here and that has given 34-year-old Muralitharan plenty of time to recharge his batteries.

“It gives us a chance to relax and also for us to address the niggling injury concerns that dog all teams,” said Sangakkara.

“The chief concern for us is Muttiah Muralitharan’s groin. There was a slight tweak but we are very optimistic that with some intensive rehab he’ll be fighting fit in time for the crucial game against New Zealand on Thursday.”

Muralitharan, who has 444 one-day wickets to his name, took 1-48 in the nail-biting two-run win over England last week.

It was an important victim, catching the dang