Already on a high, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have got a boost through the arrival of New Zealander Ross Taylor, who, when he gets going, goes boom, boom. His national skipper, the inimitable Daniel Vettori has joined the Delhi Daredevils and the two are set for a duel on Sunday.
“Australia gave us (New Zealand) a few lessons on how to play Test cricket,” said Taylor, the embarrassment evident. “But yeah, I am in great shape for the Twenty20s.”
Taylor whacked an 80-ball century against the Aussies in the recent Test series and that is where the confidence for T20s come from.
In fact, this has been Bangalore's story so far — so many players who can play so many shots in so few balls. So, the question mark on Taylor's inclusion for Sunday's blockbuster remains even though he is raring to go.
Daniel Vettori, on the other hand, might just get to play, Daredevils' assistant coach, Eric Simons dropped enough hints on Saturday evening even though the final eleven remains uncertain.
In IPL, you often see teams tinkering with winning combinations.
While the batting of the two sides is power-packed, the bowling too has zing.
RCB's seamers, led by Dale Steyn, have looked penetrative while the Daredevils have their battery of tweakers, young and old.
Both teams, at the top of the table, can afford to lose but wouldn't want to. In short, it is the clash of the titans.
While there have been big matches at the Ferozeshah Kotla before, none put up as many stars as this will on Sunday night. Kumble, Dravid, Kallis, Sehwag, Vettori, all legends; add Gambhir, the shining knight of Indian cricket and men who can explode — David Warner, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey.
The icing on the cake is the Bollywood factor, a queen this time: the gorgeous Katrina Kaif cheering for the Bangalore team.