Match factsOct 11, 2008
Start time 7.30pm (14.00 GMT)
Big PictureThe ICL's newest team, the Dhaka Warriors, start their campaign against the former champions Chennai Superstars. Chennai's strength has been their consistency, and they are in good touch too. They finished second place in the domestic Twenty20 tournament which ended last month and have been the team to beat since the conception of the tournament last year. However, they will miss their captain Stuart Law, who is out of the first two games due to injury, and will be led by R Sathish, who starred in the first season with 383 runs. Hemang Badani, G Vignesh, Ian Harvey and Russel Arnold are the other key men.
Watch out forIan Harvey: He was Chennai's top scorer with 472 runs in the first season, and as a bowler, his effective slower deliveries will be a handful.
Pitch & conditionsThe outfield was a touch slow yesterday but the pitch played pretty true. It is bound to get better.
Quotes"We know Chennai have some big names but we too have a right blend of youth and experience. We want to take home the trophy."
Habibul Bashar, the Dhaka captain, hopes for a winning start.
Michael Bevan, Chennai's coach, tries to justify why his team are the favourites.
Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo