Originally Posted by Perm
I'm sure he will bowl alot better too. New Zealand and South Africa have enough right arm fast medium bowlers playing for them to know how to play them well, not trying to detract from his performance too much but he is hardly likely to rip through sides very often. I hope he does bowl well because he looks a real talent but I think he will be played comfortably enough and won't cause too much trouble.
Last time Muralitharan played against NZ he took 3 wickets at 49 and I'm sure our batsman will be confident when playing him. Also your claim that SL will win this group easily is pretty overconfident and ****-sure, we know that Sri Lanka are a good side but so are New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan. It won't be as easy as you seem to think it will be.
I agree , Murali is not such a big factor as he used to be in ODIs , and most Teams have developed good strategies to deal with him by now .