It will a clash between the ageless legends and it would be fascinating to see if the Warne-led Rajasthan Royals could tackle a formidable Mumbai side under Sachin Tendulkar.
Mumbai Indians, who are tagged as hot favourites for this edition of the Indian Premier League, have been able to live up to their reputation by winning all but of their five matches in the match.
The Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride so far. Out of five they have played, they won and lost as plenty of, while match got abandoned due to rain.
Struggling to regain form after losing games on a trot, Rajasthan Royals, however, managed to notch up a fine victory against the in-form Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their earlier match with Warne leading from the front with a three-wicket haul on the home turf.
On Friday also they would one time again depend on Warne's magic to do the trick for them and expect Shaun Tait, Siddharth Trivedi and Shane Watson to back their skipper with the ball.
In fact, the Royals have chiefly achieved their victories in this edition of the IPL by restricting the opponents and chasing down modest targets.
And it is high time that their batting line-up that boosts of Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Ashok Maneria, fire together and make an impact. Although, the batsmen have shown some firepower but they are yet to win a match for the team as a batting unit.
And if the Rajasthan team desires to put it across the strong Mumbai Indians on Friday, the batsmen will must come out as a unit.
Johan Botha, who has made significant contribution in of the team's successful run chase so far, would continue to be their key player.
All in all, the Royals would need to play out of their skins and come nice in all departments of the game against a dominant Mumbai Indians.
Led by batting maestro Tendulkar, Mumbai's batting has clicked well in this competition. And with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard doing their job to perfection, Mumbai ought to be hoping for a cake-walk on Friday.
Their bowling has also been adequate, if not spectacular, with Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel doing a nice job along with Harbhajan Singh.
The bowling department, in fact, has been brilliantly backed by the fielding.
Mumbai Indians, who are sitting at the top of the table with ten points from five matches, are definitely going in to the match as the clear favourites.
But Rajasthan Royals are also able to springing up surprises and are a force to think with when it comes to their home ground. And Warne would be expected to make use of all his experience to cease the juggernaut.
So the fans can expect to see some fierce battle on the field where both the teams will be looking to put up a nice show and strengthen their case to make it to the top-four.
Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar (c), Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Andrew Symonds, Davy Jacobs, James Franklin, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Ali Murtaza, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pawan Suyal, R Satish, Sarul Kanwar, Suryakumar Yadav, T Suman, Yuzvendra Singh Chahai.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne (C), Swapnil Asnodkar, Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Deepak Chahar, Ankeet Chavan, Aakash Chopra, Aditya Dole, Nayan Doshi, Rahul Dravid, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Ashok Menaria, Sumit Narwal, Jacob Oram, Pankaj Singh, Amit Paunikar, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Raut, Dinesh Salunkhe, Pinal Shah, Amit Singh, Shaun Tait, Ross Taylor, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson and Dishant Harendra Yagnik.
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