10:36 PM: That's it from the opening ceremony guys... THE GAME IS OPEN.....

10:32 PM: Saif calls all the stars on the stage to wish best of luck to teams...

10:26 PM: Superstar Hrithik Roshan sets stage on fire with his signature 'Aiye mere dil tu' dance from 'kaho na pyar hai' movie...

10:15 PM: Farhan keeps the crowd on their feet...

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10:04 PM: The multi-talented Farhan gives a thrilling performance with with band...

9:58 PM: Saif welcomes Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar for a 'rockstar' performance...

9:51 PM: As Anushka performs, camera rolls over to Virat Kohli and the crowd welcomes it with loud cheers...


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9:46 PM: The sizzling Anushka Sharma comes to stage for her performance... crowd cheering Virat.. Virat...

9:44 PM: It seems that there is some confusion with the host Saif Ali Khan...

9:42 PM: The giant screens now show the winners of the tournament right from the first season...

9:37 PM: Shahid delivers a stunning perfermance on his famous songs backed by fireworks....

9:33 PM: Time for the dance performances... Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor comes on a superbike for his dance..

9:32 PM: Captains leave the stage..

9:30 PM: ravi Shastri wishes all the best to teams, says Bring It On...

9:29 PM: Skippers pose for a group photograph with the IPL trophy..

9:26 PM: Captains sign the MCC spirit of cricket pledge...

9:25 PM: Former Indian skipper Ravi Shastri reads out a message in spirit of cricket...


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9:20 PM: All captains on the stage with IPL trophy...

9:18 PM: .... and finally the skipper of the defending champions... Gautam Gambhir.... for Kolkata Knight Riders..

9:17 PM: MS Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings... crowd on their feet...

9:16 PM: Virat Kohli ( RCB) comes to stage with loud cheer... George Baily for Kings XI Punjab...

9:15 PM: JP Duminy of Delhi daredevils... Shane Watson for Rajasthan Royals...

9:13 PM: Saif Ali calls up all the skipper.. Rohit for Mumbai Indians... Shikhar Dhawan for Sunrisers Hyderabad...

9:12 PM: Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan takes centerstage as host of the event in traditional attire...

9:10 PM: Ceremony kickstarts with Rabindranath Tagore's song sung by Pritam...

9:00 PM: Stage set for opening event...

8:45 PM: The rain has stopped... ceremony to begin at 9:00 PM

8:15 PM: No word yet from the venue... IPL: The game of cash, cricket and controversies

8:00 PM: It's still raining in Kolkata.... till then go through the IPL stats.. Most run-scorers, top wicket-takers and more

7:45 PM: As everyone wait for the start of opening event, let's have a quick look at what Rohit has to say before the first game.. 'We have got a good record at Eden'

7:30 PM: Till the rain stops pouring down, read the match preview for Wednesday's game. Click here Holders Kolkata Knight Riders face formidable Mumbai Indians in IPL 8 opener

Its scandalous past seasons still quite fresh in memory, the Indian Premier League (IPL) organisers look to ensure that the focus remains firmly on cricket when the cash-rich event gets underway with a glamorous opening ceremony, featuring top Bollywood stars, here on Tuesday.

After pulling off a controversy-free tournament last year, the organisers would again be hoping for a smooth run when the 47-day tournament, marred by a spot-fixing scandal in 2013, kickstarts with defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders taking on Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Before that, the event will open tonight to a glittering ceremony where Bollywood superstars Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma form a power-packed line-up of performers.



The melting pot that it is, the opening match itself features two players, who aggressively faced off as recently as in the World Cup last month, playing together in one team.David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan will share the dressing room (Sunrisers Hyderabad) putting behind their spat in Australia recently.

There will be some veteran Indian warhorses with the likes of Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan among others, who will see this as a final chance to make a comeback to the national side.

The Indian selectors might think otherwise, but the IPL teams clearly believe the 33-year-old Yuvraj still has the fire in his belly as he was bought for a record Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils after intense bidding among four franchises.

In fact, Yuvraj would be the key to the success for the Delhi Daredevils, who finished bottom of the table in the last two seasons.

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