Colombo: Sri Lankan team want to win the cricket World Cup trophy as a farewell gift for the spinning legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

Muralitharan who is set to retire from international cricket after the mega sporting event holds record 800 wickets in Tests and 521 in ODI. He had quit the longer version of the game in July last year and is now playing in the mega-event for the fourth and the final time.

"He is a special person, a legend. Everyone in the team wants to give him (Murali) a good send off. We want to win the Cup for Murali. It will be a great tribute," said teammate Chamara Kapugedera.

Kapugedera also said that Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions and 2007 runners-up, were keen to lift the trophy for their fans.

"The Sri Lankan crowd has been very supportive of us, even in bad times. So we are working hard to bring the Cup home again for our supporters too," Kapugedera mentioned.

Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan on Saturday who have never lost a World Cup match against the formers in their six previous meetings.

"Pakistan are a good team. They have a good combination of bowlers and batsmen. Yes, the pressure is there when we play them. But then again, we are also a good team with a good combination. Saturday's game should be a good one," he said.

(Agencies)