Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2011, Mumbai May 19, 2011

Warne v Tendulkar one last time


Match facts

Friday, May 20, Mumbai Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Four years ago, Shane Warne's glittering international career came to an end after he helped Australia whip England 5-0 to regain the Ashes, and he contentedly signed off noting that his team owned every major trophy on offer. The finale of his IPL career has been diametrically opposite, with his inconsistent side, Rajasthan Royals, eliminated early and Warne himself has been in the news over the past week for off-field altercations rather than on-field wizardry.

There have been glimpses of the old bewitching loop and cricketing nous but that hasn't been enough to inspire his team to reach the play-offs. Rajasthan have little at stake in Friday's match against Mumbai Indians and the highlight for cricket aficionados will be the last chance to see the celebrated Warne v Tendulkar rivalry.

Mumbai have been off the boil in the past couple of matches and have lost their seemingly nailed-on spot at the top of the table, slipping down to third. There is still an outside chance that Mumbai may not make the play-offs, a possibility they will look to eliminate on Friday.

Form guide (most recent first)

Mumbai Indians LLWWW (fourth in points table)
Rajasthan Royals LLLLW (seventh in points table)

Team talk

The bowling hasn't been much of a worry for Mumbai, and it is the batting packed with headliners that has struggled over the past week. It's likely they will re-jig the order instead of making too many personnel changes.

With Rajasthan out of the tournament, it is hard to predict what strategy they will follow. In their previous game, they made an unprecedented six changes, leaving out usual starters Ross Taylor and Johan Botha.

Predict the playing XIs for this match. Play ESPNcricinfo Team Selector.

In the spotlight

Andrew Symonds has had a poor IPL so far, and one of the reasons he remains in the XI is the lack of proven overseas alternatives in the Mumbai squad. His combination of talent and temperament is exactly the spark Mumbai need to right their recent failures.

Prime numbers

  • Shane Warne has the unwanted record of most ducks in the IPL - seven
  • Sachin Tendulkar has nearly a 1000 IPL runs more than any other Mumbai batsman, batting for Mumbai - a majority of Rohit Sharma and Andrew Symonds' IPL runs have come for Deccan Chargers

    The chatter

    "We didn't play well. We didn't bat well. We played way below our potential. We are quite aware of that. It's quite an important game for us and we need to win it."
    Robin Singh, the Mumbai Indians coach, sums it up

    Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Shane warne should show some guts and bowl early on.. he always bowls when the opposition is in consolidation or relaxation mode..

  • Matthew on May 20, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Thanks warnie you legend for all those years you have thrilled us Will be sorely missed And just a pity that last ever game of cricket could not have been played where it all began back here in Australia But guess you have to go where the money is , like the rest Money & greed well destroy the true values of the game in the long run Just hope they realise it before it`s to late

  • hrushikesh on May 20, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    u don't no mr. gnana_cricket(person) mubai going to take the cup so u just get fired.........

  • Jaganath on May 20, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    Let's see the war between two legend of cricket, Sachin will give great send off to Shane from the IPL .

  • Prashant on May 20, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    MI are like Real Madrid. They sign on all the big players and then it would be no surprise that they won. All other teams rely on only 2 or 3 really good players. For MI, almost all the 11 are world class players who are also in terrific form. With such a team, if they don't win the IPL, I guess they never will. In any case, I'm a huge CSK fan. But having said that, this year I really liked the way KTK played. And the way Punjab have surged back. That's what makes for exciting cricket, not packing your team with big players and then bullying your way to victory.

  • Hamza on May 20, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    MI has been my most unfavorite team in the IPL. They're a team with the motto "IPL first, then country". (Malinga) I am also unhappy on how the IPL fans do not like Pakistanis playing or any other league such as SLPL. "I always feel the game should continue but to accuse Pakistan of cheating brings tensions to the fore. This kind of decision is potentially inflammatory. I was torn between my principles and a desire to help the side." - Bob Woolmer

  • Sharat on May 20, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    selfish TON-dulkar d player will score fifty n win praise but sachin d captain will FLOP again by losing the match, he is NO match 2 Shane Warne!

  • Praveen on May 20, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Most important player for Mumbai is Not Sachin, It's MALINGA..without him Mumbai would have no chance and whatever team that has Malinga must do well, cuz he's the best ever T20 bowler ever a team can have

  • abhishek on May 20, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    today rajasthan is going to end the mumbai's hope.....

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I dont think sachin will face Warne in this match, bcoz he will get out before Warne comes to bowl.

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