Warne's winning Lord's farewell
Shane Warne marked his final appearance at Lord's by leading the Rajasthan Royals to a 46-run victory over Middlesex.
Last Updated: 06/07/09 9:50pm
British Asian Cup
Rajasthan Royals 162-5 v Middlesex 116-7
Rajasthan Royals beat Middlesex by 46 runs
Shane Warne marked his final appearance at Lord's by leading the Rajasthan Royals to a 46-run victory over Middlesex in the inaugural British Asian Cup.
A crowd of 20,000 cheered each time Australian leg-spinner Warne brought himself into the attack and his solitary breakthrough - a stumping of Dawid Malan - was a popular wicket among fans and team-mates.
All the attention may have been focused on Warne (1-24) but Dimitri Mascarenhas emerged as the star as the Royals posted 162-5 in their rain-affected innings, smashing 32 off 16 balls.
The England all-rounder then took 2-24 runs as last year's Indian Premier League winners easily dealt with the English Twenty20 Cup holders in the first meeting between sides from the respective competitions.
Middlesex mustered just 116-7 in reply, Malan's 34 from as many balls and Neil Dexter's 26 off 24 deliveries among their few highlights in a one-sided contest.
Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, the Royals' co-owner, brightened up a blustery and rain-swept start to proceedings with a lap of the ground, braving the elements while fans hunched beneath umbrellas.