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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, Pune. The first day of the tournament saw an entertaining opening ceremony, wherein actress Amy Jackson performed. It also witnessed a high-scoring match between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and last year’s runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, it was SRH, who got off to a winning start, beating RCB by 35 runs. The action now shifts to the second match of the tournament, which is between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI). RPS have a new captain in Steven Smith, while Rohit Sharma will continue to lead MI in this edition of the IPL as well. Full Cricket Scorecard: RPS vs MI, IPL 2017 Match 2 at Pune

This is the first time that the IPL will have eight opening ceremonies. In the previous nine years, the IPL has had one mega opening ceremony, which is the indication that the tournament has officially kicked off. During the IPL ceremony in Hyderabad, four legends of Indian cricket – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag were felicitated for their outstanding contribution to the game. All of them went around the stadium acknowledging the full house at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli and SRH captain David Warner were seen shaking hands before the start of the match. Warner came with the IPL trophy that SRH won last year and placed it on the podium during the opening ceremony. Other performers like Shraddha Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff and others will be performing in different cities.

Live Updates

  • 7:07 PM IST

    So that should be about it for this 2nd opening IPL 2017 ceremony. 2 down and 6 to go. Hussh!

  • 7:00 PM IST

    Riteish has certainly got the attention of the the crowd unlike the previous Bollywood celebrities!

    But still I want this to end ASAP!

  • 6:58 PM IST

    Riteish Deshmukh is going to perform and he is arriving on the stage with the RPS music playing in the background. Zingaat song is what he has chosen to dance on!

  • 6:55 PM IST

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Both captains are involved in the memento exchange.

  • 6:53 PM IST

    Here comes another skipper. MI skipper Rohit Sharma. He looks sleepy and moreover, those fireworks have troubled Rohit which made the organisers stop it!

  • 6:52 PM IST

    Steven Smith is approaching the stage in the same car just like David Warner and Virat Kohli came yesterday. He looks completely confused regarding his expression.

  • 6:50 PM IST

    Samir Kochchar has come down to the stage and yet again he is repeating the same thing which Ravi Shastri said yesterday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

  • 6:47 PM IST

    BCCI opted to go for 8 opening ceremonies for getting more audiences. But that is not at all the case it appears to be. It is Pune vs Mumbai match studded with some of the best players. So obviously there will be a lot of attendance for this game. But definitely, these tad-boring opening ceremonies have failed big-time to draw more and more people to it.

  • 6:46 PM IST

    <div class="liveblog-entry-text" data-original-content="This needs to stop right now. I mean what is the relation in Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai and Cricket?

    Thankfully for everyone’s good, the Shalmali Khogade show has ended. Wonder what’s stored in next for us?

    But amidst all this, I just happened to see the stands on the other side of the stage and those are empty as off yet!”>This needs to stop right now. I mean what is the relation in Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai and Cricket?

    Thankfully for everyone’s good, the Shalmali Khogade show has ended. Wonder what’s stored in next for us?

    But amidst all this, I just happened to see the stands on the other side of the stage and those are empty as off yet!

  • 6:45 PM IST

    This needs to stop right now. I mean what is the relation in Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai and Cricket?

    Thankfully for everyone’s good, the Shalmali Khogade show has ended. Wonder what’s stored in next for us?

    But amidst all this, I just happened to see the stands on the other side of the stage and those are empty as off yet!

  • 6:42 PM IST

    Shalmali Kholgade – the Bollywood singer is singing some random song which is not even related to cricket. And it’s just not one song. More seem to follow. Why do we need a HOLI song in the IPL Opening Ceremony?

  • 6:38 PM IST

    Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji – The current mood in MCA stadium at Pune.Those typical Marathi traditional attires and some nice dance to start the opening ceremony for the Match 2 of the IPL 2017.

  • 6:37 PM IST

    What better way than having the opening ceremony in Pune with the proper Pune style band. PUNERI Way because its IPL time