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

Warne v Tendulkar one last time

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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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  • 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..

  • Prized-Ass 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

  • 1h2ku 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.........

  • MJaganath 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 .

  • InnocentGuy 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.

  • pkXI 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

  • sharatgaik 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!

  • sanath007 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • Prized-Ass 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

  • 1h2ku 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.........

  • MJaganath 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 .

  • InnocentGuy 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.

  • pkXI 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

  • sharatgaik 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!

  • sanath007 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

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

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

  • 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.

  • on May 20, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    congatulations wqarne, let ths be a grt farewell to u, and we indians r lucky to hav such a legend as captain of one of our states.

  • on May 20, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    There are no comparisons. Sachin is the leading batsman of the year, a going concern. Warne, whos bowling style does not demand much physical capacity, is an old creaking jalopy fit for a museum

  • on May 20, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    rohit sharma was in deccan before

  • bala-chala on May 20, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    MI is my least favorite team in the IPL with or without Sachin. Their cricket is just plain boring.

  • Has6265 on May 20, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    doesnt matter if sachins there! if MALINGA wasnt playing for mumbai, they got no chance...already outta the comp!

  • div09 on May 20, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    mumbai all the way, good luck sachin

  • on May 20, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    One line is wrong in this article, Tendulkar nearly 1000 runs more than any other MI. Did u forget Rohit Sharma ?

  • Vivek.Bhandari on May 20, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    RR havent played Deepak Chahar in any of the matches, this is their last chance to play him...alongwith Warnie and SRT

  • on May 20, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    dravid will hit a century and win this match for RR.. Y everyone forgets "the wall" and always prizing sachin sachin, dont anyone know dravid also the batsman who crosses 10,000 runs in ODI and Tests and crosses 1,000 runs in IPL... 23% of runs scored by dravid under ganguly's captaincy... read this guys... its true ... http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/inbox/archives/2011/01/an_unassuming_man_called_rahul.php

  • Quazar on May 20, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Makes me a little sad that it's the last time. But I sincerely hope all Indians at the ground will give Sachin's friend Warnie a really warm, and vociferous, farewell!

  • RajaDinakaran on May 20, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Would like to see Warne open the bowling against sachin in this epic battle for the one last time..........

  • on May 20, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    Want to see sachin taking on warne and finally warne getting sachin as his last wicket of a glorious cricketing carrer

  • anurag4u10 on May 20, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    @vineel swarna : it seems u dont follow ipl at all. mi doesnt solely depend on tendulkar. so far they hav won by total tem effrt. rayadu and sharma both r in superb form. malinga is sure to bag the purple cap even if he doesnt play for the rest of the season. munaf and bhajji hav bth taken 5 fors this season. pollard has jz strtd clickin. what all does it take to count as a ' team effort'. ALSO u urself r sayin that mi need 2 lose two in a row and kxip need to win the remainin game . the scenario itself qualifies 4 an outside chance

  • D.Sharma on May 20, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    I hope Warne opens the bowling.

  • Balumekka on May 20, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    MI without Malinga is in par with likes of Delhi and Pune!!!!

  • srkrishnan16 on May 20, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    @mitgop 11 : Like that! You see, the problem with Mumbai is, they dont have a consistent dasher at the top, and Sachin plays out most of the 15 overs at a strike rate of just about 100, which allows their other power strikers with too less overs to do anything at all! Same has been the case with KKR, theyve got away with it all these days, coz most of their matches, their bowlers dismiss the opposition for a paltry total, and theyve had to chase only about 130-140, and Kallis and Gambhir have done that! But should it be a 200 chase, Im afraid KKR dont have enough firepower in their tank! MI and KKR would do well to take a leaf out of CSK's book!

  • on May 20, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    It is not an outside chance that mumbai might not qualify...all they have to do is they need to play they way they have in the last couple of matches and punjab play the way they have in the last two matches ... it is bye bye mumbai... mumbai minus tendulkar is not worthy of being called a champion side ... but for the commentators from mumbai wo have no better job than calling mumbai a champion side....

  • anurag4u10 on May 20, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    last season mi qualifies by beatin rr hope this year too dey do d same

  • kirksland on May 19, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Truely the final chapter to an amazing era, two of the very best and two of the five greatest players of all time. a must watch

  • wiseshah on May 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    rajsthan problem is shane warne. he knows he will not play anymore and might play as a role in coach next year. so he is testing all the local players without planning to win this year. otherwise why players like taylor, botha, oram dont get enough chance to play more balls. he is playing locals and wasting so many balls. by the time taylor comes--he has nothing to do but accelerate run rate and get out quickly. its all shane warne's fault--why RR is under the point table. to win make this line up: 1.watson 2, dravid 3. botha 4 taylor 5. rahane 6. menaria 7.noyon doshi 8. amit singh 9. sidhdharth trivedi 10. shane warne--get one middle order batsman/wkt keeper

  • on May 19, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Tendulkar always get out before Warne comes to ball, hope this time he will stay till end...

  • mitgop11 on May 19, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    more than half the support staff of MI are from south africa. Is that why they show glimpses of choking towards the end of the tornament ? :)

  • on May 19, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    what a math will it be? i wanna watch it

  • irfans1 on May 19, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    how can you expect warne to perform as he did in his outstanding career, when he just got the fine from BCCI for doing nothing... but still, he is a fighter and match winner, and would give his 100% again in this match.

  • on May 19, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    RR should play Swapnil Asnodkar. The XI should be: watson, asnodkar, dravid, taylor, rahane, menaria, botha, yagnik, warne, amit, deepak

  • sanzo5 on May 19, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    sachin vs warne one last time... Good luck little master.. see mumbhai through to the play offs....

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  • sanzo5 on May 19, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    sachin vs warne one last time... Good luck little master.. see mumbhai through to the play offs....

  • on May 19, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    RR should play Swapnil Asnodkar. The XI should be: watson, asnodkar, dravid, taylor, rahane, menaria, botha, yagnik, warne, amit, deepak

  • irfans1 on May 19, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    how can you expect warne to perform as he did in his outstanding career, when he just got the fine from BCCI for doing nothing... but still, he is a fighter and match winner, and would give his 100% again in this match.

  • on May 19, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    what a math will it be? i wanna watch it

  • mitgop11 on May 19, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    more than half the support staff of MI are from south africa. Is that why they show glimpses of choking towards the end of the tornament ? :)

  • on May 19, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Tendulkar always get out before Warne comes to ball, hope this time he will stay till end...

  • wiseshah on May 19, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    rajsthan problem is shane warne. he knows he will not play anymore and might play as a role in coach next year. so he is testing all the local players without planning to win this year. otherwise why players like taylor, botha, oram dont get enough chance to play more balls. he is playing locals and wasting so many balls. by the time taylor comes--he has nothing to do but accelerate run rate and get out quickly. its all shane warne's fault--why RR is under the point table. to win make this line up: 1.watson 2, dravid 3. botha 4 taylor 5. rahane 6. menaria 7.noyon doshi 8. amit singh 9. sidhdharth trivedi 10. shane warne--get one middle order batsman/wkt keeper

  • kirksland on May 19, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Truely the final chapter to an amazing era, two of the very best and two of the five greatest players of all time. a must watch

  • anurag4u10 on May 20, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    last season mi qualifies by beatin rr hope this year too dey do d same

  • on May 20, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    It is not an outside chance that mumbai might not qualify...all they have to do is they need to play they way they have in the last couple of matches and punjab play the way they have in the last two matches ... it is bye bye mumbai... mumbai minus tendulkar is not worthy of being called a champion side ... but for the commentators from mumbai wo have no better job than calling mumbai a champion side....