New Delhi: If the Mohali semi-final between arch rivals India and Pakistan saw some high-profile dignitaries from either nations rooting for their sides, the World Cup final in Mumbai on Saturday will turn out to be another glitzy event with President Pratibha Patil and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa set to watch the encounter.

Rashtrapati Bhawan sources said, Patil will be flying to Mumbai for the summit clash after India entered the final by drubbing Pakistan at Mohali on Wednesday. The President has been following the game and had watched the India-Pakistan semi-final match.

The Mohali contest laid the "setting" for a "re-engagement" between India and Pakistan with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani mixing cricket with diplomacy. Reports from Colombo said that Rajapaksa will fly to Mumbai for the India-Sri Lanka final.

"The President wants us (Sri Lanka) to win the World Cup as a tribute to Muttiah Muralitharan who retires from international cricket after this World Cup," Rajapaksa`s spokesman Bandula Jayasekera told reporters. The Sri Lankan President and his three sons were keen spectators on Tuesday night when Sri Lanka beat New Zealand to reach the final to meet India.

(Agencies)