Injured Muralitharan out of Twenty20 World Cup

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, (Reuters) – Record wicket taker  Muttiah Muralitharan will miss the rest of the Twenty20 World  Cup after the off-spinner injured his groin in Sri Lanka’s loss  to New Zealand.

Team physio Tommy Simsek said Muralitharan had strained his  right adductor muscle and would need up to three weeks to  recover from the injury, the Sri Lankan cricket board said yesterday.

Sri Lanka must beat Zimbabwe later on Monday (1330 GMT) to  have any chance of reaching the super eights stage of the  competition after their defeat by New Zealand on Friday.

No replacement for Muralitharan has been named.

Muralitharan has more international wickets than any  cricketer, having taken 792 in 132 Tests and a further 512 in  334 limited-overs games for his country.

The 38-year-old has 13 wickets in 10 Twenty20  internationals with an average of 18.46 and an economy rate of  6.15.

He took 2-25 in the losing effort against New Zealand in  Guyana.

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