Jaipur: Everything looks well placed to make the main part of the Champions League Twenty20 2013 tournament start with the proverbial bang.
On the field, there's Sachin Tendulkar facing off against Rahul Dravid for possibly the last time in competitive cricket - unless both Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians make it to the final. It will have Mumbai, the IPL VI champions, coming to Rajasthan's den, from which no team returned with a victory in IPL 2013. And off the field, there are thunderstorms forecast, and ominous dark clouds hovered over Jaipur on Friday (September 20), the eve of the match, with a spell of rain thrown in too.
What the rain will do to the pitch, which was expected to be a good Twenty20 surface with runs on offer, is anybody's guess. But if some dampness remains, it might be to Rajasthan's advantage, seeing that their seamers will probably do the bulk of the bowling.