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Rajasthan Royals to clash with Mumbai Indians today in IPL

Two giants of the game, one still active and the other retired, are set to take centrestage at the Brabourne Stadium when the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians start their Indian Premier League campaign against Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Special coverage | Daredevils to take on Kings XI Punjab

cricket Updated: Mar 13, 2010 13:07 IST

Two giants of the game, one still active and the other retired, are set to take centrestage at the Brabourne Stadium when the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians start their Indian Premier League campaign against Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.

When Sachin Tendulkar confronts his long-time adversary Warne as leaders of their respective teams, it will become the main show at the famed Cricket Club of India.

It was at this ground that Tendulkar set the tone for the visit by Australia in 1998 by hammering the leg spin legend, who went wicket-less after conceding over 100 runs in the first innings, all over the park to notch up his maiden double century in first class cricket.

After that opening confrontation and Tendulkar's brilliant show in Sharjah in a one-day tournament Warne went on to publicly admit he suffered nightmares of being smashed around by the Indian batting maestro.

The extra edge whenever the two masters of their respective crafts meet against each other on a cricket field will be the cynosure at the packed Brabourne.

The day game, that starts one hour early at 3 pm at the request of the International Hockey Federation, who wanted a clear window for the World Cup final also to be held on Saturday, would also give a chance to the Mumbai outfit to draw level with the Royals in head-to-head encounters.