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  • 7:05 PM IST

  • 7:01 PM IST

    Do not forget to tune into the live blog for the third game by my beloved senior Aditya Sahay!

    Till then bye!

  • 7:00 PM IST

    And that is it! We are done and dusted with the 3rd opening ceremony of IPL 10!

  • 6:58 PM IST

    Meanwhile, GL owner is ready for the game

  • 6:57 PM IST

    Just when I thought I am the only person who is getting bored of these dances, the camera man did wonders by moving the camera to Gujarat Lions dressing room. It was Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and other who had the glum look of ‘WHAT IS GOING ON’

  • 6:55 PM IST

    Just when I thought, the action is now slowly moving towards cricket, Tiger spoils the party (For Me At least)

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Sabko aati nahi aur meri jaati nahi – says my colleague Aditya Sahay!

  • 6:53 PM IST

    Oh lord! Tiger Shroff is here to perform!

  • 6:53 PM IST

    The organisers have made up a video montage of Gujarat Lions journey last year and that is being played currently!

  • 6:52 PM IST

    fact: Despite the opening ceremonies being just boring, the first two games have seriously been cracker.

  • 6:51 PM IST

    I did not, but he definitely did.

  • 6:50 PM IST

    Starting with Suresh Raina the home captain followed by Gautam Gambhir! And the exchange of mementos like the previous two encounters!

  • 6:49 PM IST

    Okay so after the songs and stuff from Bollywood, both the captains have arrived at the stage.!

  • 6:42 PM IST

    So Bhumi Trivedi is done and some Bollywood singers have come to sing! Sachin-Jigar my colleague says! To be frank I am seeing them first time and also their songs!

  • 6:36 PM IST

    The stadium is yet to fill. Which means BCCI’s initiative has failed miserably. I am still wondering the need for having so many opening ceremonies

  • 6:34 PM IST

    The opening ceremony at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot has begun with singer Bhumi Trivedi singing some random Bollywood Gujju songs!

  • 6:33 PM IST

    So here we go for the third time in IPL 2017!


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the third opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. Prior to this, the opening ceremonies were held in the first game between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) atHyderabad followed by the second game between Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at Pune. So far, both the opening ceremonies have failed to pull the crowd as many empty seats were witnessed during both the functions. Amy Jackson had kicked off the opening ceremony at Hyderabad whereas Riteish Deshmukh performed at Pune. Full Cricket Scorecard, Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, Match 3

Both the opening ceremonies have been nothing but boring and it seems like the BCCI’s plan to attempt more crowd has failed miserably. For the third opening ceremony, Bollywood composers Sachin-Jigar will be headlining and it is also expected that actor Tiger Shroff will be performing at the venue. It remains to be seen if the Rajkot crowd will be drawn to the venue to witness the third of the eight opening ceremonies as the previous two occasions were draggy affairs.

But apart from this, the two games that have been played so far have been exciting. SRH won the opening game against RCB by 35 runs whereas RPS saw their skipper Steven Smith guiding them to a comfortable 7-wicket victory over MI.

Coming into the third game between Gujarat Lions (GL) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), this clash is definitely going to yield fireworks. Both teams are formidable and are regarded as the heavyweights of the IPL 2017. So keeping all these facts in mind, we are certainly in for yet another exciting game.