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Lalit Modi at the toss in Cape Town

After overseeing the Indian Premier League's switch to South Africa, commissioner Lalit Modi tosses the coin to start the opening game between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians

Despite uncertain weather, a big crowd turns up at the Newlands ground to watch the action

Despite uncertain weather, a big crowd turns up at the Newlands ground in Cape Town to watch the action

Andrew Flintoff and Sachin Tendulkar

England star Andrew Flintoff, making his IPL debut for Chennai, comes face to face with batting star Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar batting in Cape Town

Tendulkar carries his bat through the Mumbai innings, making an unbeaten 59 off 49 balls

During breaks in play, boundary dancers ensure the party atmosphere continues  among the crowd

During breaks in play, boundary dancers ensure the party atmosphere continues among the crowd

Andrew Flintoff takes a wicket

Flintoff takes his first IPL wicket when Zaheer Khan is caught in the deep but concedes 45 from his four overs

Chennai are set a target of 166 and Flintoff tries to keep them up with the rate as he makes 24 off 23 balls before giving a return catch to Harbhajan Singh

Chennai are set a target of 166 and Flintoff tries to keep them up with the rate as he makes 24 off 23 balls before giving a return catch to Harbhajan Singh

Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga takes 3-xx as Mumbai complete a 20-run win

Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga takes 3-15 and bowls Chennai skipper Mahendra Dhoni in the final over as Mumbai seal a 19-run win

Shilpa Shetty in Cape Town

Actress Shilpa Shetty, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, sports some stylish headgear as she arrives for the day's second game

Lalit Modi, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne

Old adversaries Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne go head to head again as Bangalore take on holders Rajasthan

Rajasthan's Dimitri Mascarenhas dimisses New Zealanders Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor with successive balls in the opening over of the game

Rajasthan's Dimitri Mascarenhas dimisses New Zealanders Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor with successive balls in his opening over

Pietersen prevents the hat-trick and makes 32 from 30 balls but is then caught at mid-wicket off Tyron Henderson

Pietersen prevents the hat-trick and makes 32 from 30 balls but is then caught at mid-wicket off Tyron Henderson

Bangalore are indebted to former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose 66 sees them to a score of 133-8

Bangalore are indebted to former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose 66 sees them to a score of 133-8

Kevin Pietersen (centre)

But the watching Pietersen, here treating his knee with an ice-pack, knows his team are in a tough contest

Cheerleaders at the IPL in Cape Town

Some alternative entertainment keeps the crowd on their toes between innings

Kevin Pietersen (left) and his Bangalore team-mates

And Pietersen's team secure an unlikely win as Rajasthan crumble with the bat, all out for just 58



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Cricket move boost for South Africa
17 Apr 09 |  Business
IPL confirms South Africa switch
24 Mar 09 |  Cricket


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