Amit Kumar

Wankhede will be set on fire when the two prolific legends –Sheikh of Tweak Shane Warne and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar—will face-off in the IPL clash at Mumbai on Friday.

With Warne having announced his retirement from IPL, this will perhaps be the last time when the two cricketing legends will be playing against each other in a cricket match. Giving due respect to Tendulkar, Warne has already termed him as the best batsman he has ever played against. Tendulkar too in the past has aired high regards for the Aussie legend.

The cricketing battle between Tendulkar and Warne, which started in 1992, is regarded as one of the healthiest and competitive rivalries ever witnessed in the cricket history. While Tendulkar started his cricket journey in 1989, Warne made his international debut against India in 1992.

On several occasions, the spinner got better of the batting legend while Tendulkar on many times hit Warne out of the park. The two were involved in several tussles in India, Sharjah and Australia. For cricket aficionados, the IPL match on Friday will be the last opportunity to watch the two legends play against each other.

While the match will be an emotional one for Royals as the Warne & Co will play for the last time in the tournament, Mumbai will have revenge on their mind after having suffered two back to back humiliating losses in their encounters against Kings XI Punjab and party spoilers Deccan Chargers.

Shane Warne will be in action for the final time in the Indian Premier League when Rajasthan Royals play Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

Rajasthan have no chance of making the play-offs while Mumbai Indians need one win from their remaining two games to ensure their berth in the play-offs.

The strong Mumbai Indians had a hunky-dory ride in the tournament, but the two consecutive defeat at the hands of bottom placed Deccan Chargers and marshy Kings XI Punjab shuffled them in the tally.

Apart from Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu has been in good form but Mumbai will expect more from local lad Rohit Sharma and Australian Andrew Symonds.

Rajasthan batsmen will have to find way to tackle Mumbai Indians spearhead Lasith Malinga's swinging Yorkers and Munaf Patel's accurate medium pace.

Warne battalion has struggled in the batting department with Shane Watson and Ross Taylor not playing as well as they were expected to.

The Royals bowling looks stronger with sensational tweaker Warne, Shaun Tait, and all rounder Shane Watson.

The Mumbai’s Wankhede statdium’s wicket is likely to have a lot of pace and bounce and in all probability, both teams would go into the game with just one specialist spinner.

Shaun Tait, Mallinga are the bowlers who can turn the match at any point of time for their team.

Teams:
Rajasthan Royals squad
Shane Warne(Captain), SA Asnodkar, STR Binny, J Botha, DL Chahar, AA Chavan, A Chopra, AP Dole, ND Doshi, R Dravid, SM Fallah, FY Fazal, AL Menaria, S Narwal, JDP Oram, Pankaj Singh, AG Paunikar, AM Rahane, AS Raut, D Salunkhe, PR Shah, A Singh, SW Tait, LRPL Taylor, SK Trivedi, SR Watson, DH Yagnik

Mumbai Indians squad
Sachin Tendulkar (Captain), AN Ahmed, AC Blizzard, YS Chahal, CRD Fernando, JEC Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, MC Henriques, DJ Jacobs, S Kanwar, DS Kulkarni, SL Malinga, AG Murtaza, MM Patel, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu, R Sathish, RG Sharma, TL Suman, P Suyal, A Symonds, AP Tare†, BSK Yadav, SA Yadav