There's usually a buzz when Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing. They're among the IPL's richer, more high-profile teams with flamboyant owners and several star players. Their fortunes in the tournament are keenly followed by most, including a strong fan base. As they play their first game of the season in the heart of the city at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on a weekend, expect a cracking atmosphere despite the April heat.
The Royal Challengers are a team endowed with batting firepower and Virat Kohli's phenomenal recent run will be one of the major draw for supporters. But foremost in their memory will be Chris Gayle's outstanding form last season, his two centuries and three fifties being the highlight of the team's campaign. AB de Villiers is extremely reliable in the middle order and Tillakaratne Dilshan will add some more aggro to the side after the Test series against England. Add to that the track at Chinnaswamy Stadium, which generally favours the batsman and the trend of low scores thus far this season may just be under threat.
Their opponents, Delhi Daredevils, have begun this season promisingly, beating Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening game. Irfan Pathan bludgeoned an unbeaten 42 and Morne Morkel lit up a damp evening with a couple of superb yorkers, including one that cut through Jacques Kallis. The win would be some boost to last year's wooden-spoon winners. But an expectant Bangalore will be bracing for a Gayle airshow, even as his franchise owners have had to deal with a largely grounded fleet for some time.