RR vs MI: Warne, Tendulkar to rekindle old rivalry

RR vs MI: Warne, Tendulkar to rekindle old rivalry

November 28, 2019 qrcdssnf 0

first_imgAfter registering a comprehensive victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala to bring their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign back on track, a confident Rajasthan Royals team will be eyeing an upset when they take on leaders Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Friday. The Sawai Man Singh Stadium will witness the first clash this season between two ageless legends of cricket and whether the Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals can the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians remains to be seen. Mumbai, hot favourites this year, have been able to live up to their reputation by winning all but one of their six matches in the tournament.Rajasthan, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride so far. Out of seven matches, they have won and lost three each with one match having been abandoned due to rain. They currently have seven points from seven matches, while Mumbai have earned 10 from six.After receiving two successive thrashings, Rajasthan managed to notch up a fine victory against the in-form Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their previous match, with Warne leading from the front with a three-wicket haul on home turf.On Thursday too, they will be relying on their captain-cum-coach to do the trick for them and expect Johan Botha, Siddharth Trivedi and Shane Watson to assist Warne with the ball.So far, the Royals’ strategy has been to restrict their opponents and chase down modest targets.It is high time their batting lineup that boasts of Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Botha and rising star Ashok Menaria fires together and makes an impact.advertisementThe batsmen have shown occasional glimpses of their ability but are yet to win a match on their own, and they will need to be at their best to tackle a bowling lineup featuring the leading wickettaker, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.Mumbai’s batsmen, meanwhile, led by batting maestro Tendulkar, have clicked extremely well in this competition. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard doing their job to perfection, Mumbai should be hoping for a cake-walk.Their fielding, no doubt inspired by their fielding coach and South African legend Jonty Rhodes, has been fabulous. “We have Jonty as the fielding coach and the boys have responded well. In the previous match it was the fielding rather my five- wicket haul that won the match for us,” said Harbhajan on the eve of the match.Bhajji available for WIHarbhajan also said he would be available for the Indian team’s forthcoming tour of the West Indies but was not aware of the plans of other senior players.”I have no idea from where the news (of senior players opting out of West Indies tour) has poured in. I am available for the tour. As far others are concerned, neither have I talked to anybody and nor has anybody has talked to me. We will be playing three Tests there and I don’t want to miss any of those,” he said.Harbhajan praised teammate Ambati Rayudu, saying he was a special talent.”It would be a challenge for youngsters like Rayudu to face a great spinner (like Warne). He is a special talent and we always knew that. He was unfortunately lost in between but lately he has been performing well. He is capable of filling in the big shoes of great Indian batsmen like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid,” the off- spinner said.- With PTI inputslast_img

 

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