Defying all odds, the second edition of the cash-awash Indian Premier League, a heady cocktail of cricket and entertainment, gets underway in its adopted home with a mouth-watering double header in Cape Town on Friday.
It will be a double delight at the Newlands Stadium on Saturday with back-to-back matches featuring some of the best contemporary cricketers in this slam-bang version of the game.
Under the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians will lock horns with last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings, led by the charismatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
And before the crowd actually catch some breath, maverick England batsman Kevin Pietersen will lead Bangalore Royal Challengers onto the field, hoping to shed last year’s laggard’s tag.
The task would be easier said than done because Rajasthan Royals, under the wily Shane Warne, would be hoping for an encore and the defending champions would definitely love to start their campaign on a winning note on Saturday.
More than any team, it, however, would be a triumph of the indomitable spirit of the organisers when the 59-match razzmatazz finally rolls off the block on Saturday.