Pace bowler Nehra unlikely to play in World Cup final

Pace bowler Nehra unlikely to play in World Cup final

Mumbai: India left-arm pace bowler Ashish Nehra is unlikely to play in Saturday’s World Cup final against Sri Lanka after fracturing a finger in the semi-final against Pakistan.

“Ashish is most likely to be ruled out," captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told a news conference at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

Sri Lanka will monitor the fitness of injured spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and all-rounder Angelo Matthews during the day.

“We will make a decision this evening," said Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara.

Muralitharan, the world record holder for test and one-day wickets, will play his final international match if he takes the field on Saturday. He is being treated for a hamstring injury and a bruised knee.

Mathews batted with a runner during the semi-final against New Zealand after straining a thigh muscle while fielding.

Asked about his bowling options in the probable absence of Nehra, Dhoni said the pitch had pace and bounce.

“If there’s reverse swing then a seamer can have an impact on the game," he said. “If you have three spinners then you don’t have that room to manoeuvre."