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IPL 2017 Opening Ceremony: RPS vs MI

The opening ceremony for game #2 is just around the corner.
Updated: 06 April 2017 19:21 IST - Published: 06 April 2017 18:11 IST
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The toss will happen in just a bit and the live cricket action thereafter. 
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Well, as it turns out, there are no other performers.
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The stage is being cleared up and we wait for our next performer.
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A round of flower pots explode on stage and Ritesh finishes with a flurry.
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His new jacket has polka dot and all kinds of golden embellishments on it. The dancers on stage are excited. 
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And in a blink and you miss moment, Ritesh has changed his jacket.
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He's clearly not the greatest Bollywood dancer but the crowd likes him and his jacket. It's got RD engraved on its back. Ritesh's dancing support staff is on overdrive. They've moving far quicker than he is
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Evey fan in the crowd has his/ her cell phone on the ready as Ritesh gets underway. 
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Ritesh Deshmukh enters, on a mannequin. He waves to the crowd. The mannequin's the best seat in the house at the moment.
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In keeping with yesterday's trend, you could expect former greats to walk in anytime now. And then some music perhaps.
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He's had enough. He hops off and takes his place alongside Smith and the IPL trophy. That was a close shave for Rohit.
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The flower pots are firing on all cylinders and the sparks are blowing in Rohit's face. He doesn't like them one bit.


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He's been asked to get off as the trumpet roars again to usher in Rohit Sharma.
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And the flower pots run out of gas, Steve Smith is unsure if he still needs to stay atop his ride.
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Steve Smith makes his way into the ground in a golf cart loaded with diwali flower pots.
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Samir Kocchar takes the fields and with a loud roar, welcomes the crowd. "Let's make some noise" he says and Steve Smith is introduced.
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The opening ceremony is underway at Pune.
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Last night, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS, Saurav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag were paraded around the ground to loud cheers. We'll know in just a bit if that routine repeats itself tonight. 
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The crowds have just started trickling in and they're being treated right away. 
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The playback singer's doing what she does best and the crowds are lapping up her peppy Bollywood numbers. 
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Drumroll and trumpets now make their way for Shalmali Kholgade. 
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We're now live from the MCA stadium at Pune, the trumpets are blowing.
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Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh is set to perform at the opening ceremony today.
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Amy Jackson performed last night. Shraddha Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff and other Bollywood personalities have apparently been roped in. We will know in just a bit as to who shows up tonight.