Roy­als de­stroy Mum­bai in Warne’s last game

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

MUM­BAI — Shane Wat­son’s all­round show helped com­pa­triot Shane Warne sign off his pro­fes­sional cricket ca­reer with a thump­ing win as the Ra­jasthan Roy­als routed Mum­bai In­di­ans by 10 wick­ets in the In­dian Premier League yes­ter­day.

“It’s been a priv­i­lege and a plea­sure to cap­tain the Roy­als. Hope­fully, I’ve helped In­dian cricket” Warne said af­ter the match.

The Ra­jasthan team — out of con­tention for the play­off stages — romped to vic­tory with 41 balls to spare as open­ers Wat­son (89) and Rahul Dravid (43) re­mained un­beaten to knock off the 134-run tar­get.

Warne rolled over his arm for the last time in com­pet­i­tive cricket for the Ra­jasthan side and picked up the wicket of Mum­bai’s top-scorer Ro­hit Sharma (47-ball 58) giv­ing away 30 runs in his quota of four overs.

The flam­boy­ant leg-spin­ner — in his last over — lured Sharma out of the crease with a flighted de­liv­ery that spun away from the righthander for an easy stump­ing as Mum­bai were re­stricted to a pal­try 133 for five.

The much-an­tic­i­pated duel be­tween Mum­bai cap­tain Sachin Ten­dulkar (31) and the 41-year old Warne turned out to be a drab one as the bat­ting mae­stro was forced to be watch­ful af­ter his side lost wick­ets early.

Wat­son picked up three wick­ets for 19 runs off his four overs as Mum­bai strug­gled for mo­men­tum from the on­set and needed a 53-run stand for the fourth wicket be­tween Sharma and West In­dian Kieron Pol­lard to help go past the 130-run mark.

The Aus­tralian all-rounder then tore into the Mum­bai bowl­ing at­tack — af­ter be­ing hit on the jaw by a La­sith Malinga bouncer — and hit nine bound­aries and half a dozen sixes to reach the tar­get in just 13.1 overs.

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