Mumbai: India and Sri Lanka are all set to lock-horns in the summit clash of World Cup 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium and it won’t be just a game of cricket, there will be lot of egos clashing too.

Cricket's oldest rivalry would be seen for the one last time: Muttiah Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker of the world taking on batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, world's leading run-scorer.
Out of the 74 wickets that Murali has taken against India in 62 games, he has picked up Tendulkar five times.

Besides, Muralitharan bagged the Man-of-the-Match award with figures of 3 for 41 when Sri Lanka shunned all doors on India's possible survival in the previous edition of the World Cup in Trinidad, in a make-or-break battle for India, after they had lost their earlier league match to Bangladesh.

However, Sachin’s performance against the emerald island is no less special as he is nearing the 3,000 run-mark against them, having amassed 2965 runs with the help of eight centuries, at an average of 45.61 in 78 matches

Tendulkar, who has scored 99 international hundreds (48 ODIs and 51 Tests), would also love to notch up his 100th ton in his hometown and in the"most important match of his career".

Among the other battles would be one between Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga's toe-crushers and Indian opener Virender Sehwag's flamboyant hitting.

While Malinga hasn't had much of an opportunity to show his class against India, Sehwag showed his penchant for the Sri Lankan attack when he scored 284 in under a day's play when the two teams last played a Test at the Brabourne stadium here in 2009-10.

(Agencies)