21 May 2011

Warne wins in final match

6:56 am on 21 May 2011

Shane Warne has ended his professional cricket career on a high, after leading the Rajasthan Royals to a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in his final Indian Premier League match.

Rajasthan, already out of contention, rode on Shane Watson's all-round show (3-19 and 89 not out) to achieve a 134-run target and finish their campaign with six victories in 14 games of the Twenty20 tournament.

Australian Test opener Watson smashed six sixes and nine fours in his explosive 47-ball knock, while Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten with a 32-ball 43.

Mumbai, with eight wins in 13 matches, now need a victory in their last game to make sure of the play-offs.

A capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium also witnessed Warne's last battle with another legend, Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, their first encounter being in the Sydney Test in 1992.

Warne's team-mates then gave him a guard of honour, standing in two lines to salute the legend.

The Australian, who quit international cricket in 2007, spent four seasons with Rajasthan who will always remember his contribution as a spinner, captain, coach and mentor.

He led a bunch of no-hopers to the title triumph in the inaugural edition in 2008 before eventually ending his IPL career with 57 wickets in 55 matches.