Before the half time, NorthEast head coach Cesar Farias and his Chennaiyin counterpart Marco Materazzi exchanged heated words from their respective touchlines.
Delhi began their campaign with a 0-2 loss against FC Goa on 4 October despite controlling the match in patches and having come close to scoring on a few times.
Besides Rajinikanth and Sachin, Bollywood stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were also present at the event.
The ceremony began with hundreds of children starting the countdown in a colourful manner, which was followed by the unveiling of flags of all eight ISL teams
In head to head encounters, there is nothing to separate the two-sides as they have drawn the two games that they have played.
Mumbai and Pune face-off in their first match at the Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune.
Chennaiyin’s build-up to the ISL has been better than last year and Materazzi was happy with the preparations.
ISL side Chennaiyin FC on Tuesday announced the signing of Brazilian duo Raphael Augusto and Mailson Alves Barreiro Veriato for the upcoming tournament
The 30-year-old four-time AIFF Player of the Year and highest goal scorer for the country commands the highest base price set for the day at Rs 80 lakh
Former Brazil international midfielder Elano will rejoin Chennaiyin FC on loan for the 2015 Indian Super League season, the club said.