All roads leading to the Wanderers were closed to traffic on Saturday. Spectators had to park their cars some distance away and walk to the stadium known as the 'Bull Ring'.
Thoughts of match days at Kolkata's Eden Gardens flashed through my mind. Security staff were frisking of bags at entry points, but not as much as in India.
Finding my way into the media centre on the fourth level, the sight of the ground was intimidating. Having only read and heard all these years about how unbelievable the ground can be, I had to see it to believe it. You are watching the game from high in the sky, looking down as if the match is being played in a pit.
In contrast was the Supersport Park in Centurion, where you were so close to the action you felt connected with the players. If those viewing from high and far were intimidated the players felt at home. IPL debutant David Warner had to justify his selection ahead of Daniel Vettori and as Virender Sehwag's replacement.
Warner had blazed his way to a 43-ball 89 in his T20 debut for Australia in January this year. He was in for a similar effort on Saturday evening as he raised hopes of a Daredevils victory with a 74-run stand with Dinesh Karthik. But a smart stumping off Goan left-arm spinner ShadabJakati put paid to the Daredevils' hopes of chasing 164 and they fell short by 18 runs.
Badrinath, who did well earlier in the No 4 slot, continued to excel in the top half of the batting line-up. Badri and Raina came together once more and raised 66 for the third wicket.
The dismissal of Badrinath and Raina in quick succession exposed the lower order. Once this was done Dirk Nannes stepped in with his extra pace and polished off the tail. Chennai's ended on only163, and would have been somewhat disappointed at not making more. However, Jakati's fine spell (4 for 24) ensured that the Chennai team came out on top.
Chennai Super Kings: Vijay c Bhatia b Nehra 14 (13b, 2x4), Hayden c de Villiers b Sangwan 30 (19b, 4x4, 1x6), Raina c Dilshan b Bhatia 32 (21b, 2x4, 2x6), Badrinath b Bhatia 45 (34b, 4x4, 2x6), A Morkel c & b Nehra 6 (4b, 1x4), Dhoni c Gambhir b Nannes 6 (7b), Oram c de Villiers b Nannes 3 (7b), Jakati c Gambhir b Nannes 13 (8b, 2x4), Balaji c de Villiers b Nehra 2 (3b), Muralitharan run out (de Villiers/Karthik) 3 (4b), Tyagi not out 0.
Extras: (b-4, w-5) 9
Delhi Daredevils: Gambhir c Raina b Tyagi 13 (14b, 2x4), Warner st Dhoni b Jakati 51 (40b, 5x4 1x6), De Villiers b Tyagi 0 (1b), Dilshan b Jakati 13 (13b, 1x6), Karthik c Muralitharan b Jakati 52 (31b, 7x4, 1x6), Manhas b Muralitharan 0 (4b), Bhatia c Balaji b Morkel 2 (7b), Sangwan b Jakati 0 (3b), Mishra not out 11 (8b, 1x4, 1x6), Nehra not out 0.
Extras: (lb-2, nb-1)3
: (for 8 wkts; 20 overs) 145