CricBuzz: KKR put forth a solid expression of their aim in Match 1 as they agreeably defeated the Mumbai Indians at home. Morne Morkel, Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav assumed key parts as Gautam Gambhir's group started their title protection on strong balance.
RCB couldn't trust for a harder test to open their IPL 8 crusade than setting out to the KKR stronghold. Having overseen only one win in five visits to the venue beforehand, Virat Kohli's group does not especially appreciate playing at the Eden Gardens.
It was this conflict that kick began things in the inaugural version of the IPL in 2008 when KKR enlisted a pounding 140-run triumph win over RCB.