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People paying lakhs to face Murali

cricket Updated: Dec 06, 2007 02:52 IST

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An online auction for a chance to bat against Muttiah Muralitharan, the world's highest wicket taker in Test cricket, is seeing a rush of bids running into lakhs.

Seeking to be the one to face ten deliveries from the ace bowler, a bidder offered this evening to pay Rs two lakh (over USD 5,100). The bids started yesterday on online auction portal e-bay's Indian domain ebay.Co.In.

As many has 18 bidders have already lined up and the bidding would continue for another six days till December 11.

The first bid had come at just Rs 1,501. This morning, the bid resumed at Rs 10,000, which then rose to as high as Rs 1,00,000 by 1800 hrs. Within seconds of the first lakh-bid, the next one came for Rs 2,00,000, the information available with eBay India shows.

The auction is aimed at raising funds for his own charity the Foundation of Goodness and would end on December 11. The highest bidder will face 10 deliveries from the master spinner at the Seenigama Oval in Galle on December 16, two days prior to the third test with England.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene will stand at slip and Kumar Sangakkara will be keeping wickets when Murali will bowl his "off break, top spinner, doosra and the new flipper."