The third edition of IPL will kick off on Friday evening with Defending Champion Deccan Chargers taking on the Shah Rukh Khan owned franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Heavy security arrangements have been made in the vicinity of the Stadium.
The match will be preceded by an opening ceremony, which will witness performances by some top international performers like - Lionel Ritchie, UB40 and Bjorn Agan, besides Bollywood star Deepika Padukone as well as some spectacular fireworks.
The eight teams Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab) will be honored in this ceremony and the games will officially begin with the first match.
This IPL will be important for the players for more than one reason. They would be looking to give their best in this season so that they can strengthen their case for the IPL IV auction in 2011.
The one and half month long cash-rich T20 tournament is known for its thrilling and nail-biting encounters in past.
The inaugural edition of IPL was held in 2008, since than it has earned unanimous popularity across the world. Buoyed by huge success, IPL management has announced to add two more teams in 2011.
The Final match of IPL 2010 will be played on April 25, 2010.