This was the first game of the second edition of IPL. The unique thing about this season of IPL was the fact that the tournament had moved out of India, only in its second year. The second edition was played in South Africa as Indian government had not allowed IPL to take place in India amidst terrorist threats. In 2008, India had seen one of the worst terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26.
The action quickly shifted to South Africa and when Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians came out in the field to play the first match of the second edition, everyone forget about the controversy. Like in India, fans had filled the stadium in Newlands, Cape Town as well.