If Bangalore got it right with the entertainment on IPL’s opening day, things just didn’t seem to click when the Kotla staged its first game under lights.
The entertainment kicked off with BMX riders pedalling their cycles around the perimeter of the playing arena, taking off on jumps and stunts off ramps, as fireworks went off just a second too late.
Then topless acrobats — all men, mind — performed some exercises on a small stage placed in the middle of the ground. From the stands it was difficult to pick out exactly what they were up to, though the giant screen brought some relief.
Action man Akshay Kumar’s daredevilry fizzled to a damp squib as he traversed the length of the ground suspended from a cable, only to come to an anticlimactic stop with about 30% of his journey still to go. Suspended in mid-air, Akki had to be unclipped and let down.
Even the cricket fell short of any real thrills. There were no imitations of McCullum or Hussey — not even of James Hopes who got 71 off 33 as Team Mohali chased in Mohali. Jaipur stuttered to 129/8, and Delhi rolled over them in comfortable fashion with 29 balls to spare.