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Warne likely to miss rest of IPL

cricket Updated: May 12, 2009 15:58 IST
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Defending champions Rajasthan Royals' chances of making the semi-finals in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has suffered a serious set-back with skipper Shane Warne likely to miss the rest of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

Warne, who is also the team's coach, was injured when he was batting against Deccan Chargers in Kimberley on Monday night. Rajasthan Royals lost the match by 53 runs. Warne required a runner while batting and will probably need 10 days to recover.

In Warne's absence, Graeme Smith is likely to lead the side.

Rajasthan Royals director of coaching Darren Berry said: "I think it is a balancing act that will be our focus to get it right. We can field just four overseas players and it is a difficult thing to manage. We have now put ourselves under pressure."

Rajasthan Royals have already lost fast bowlers Kamran Khan and Amit Singh because of suspect action.