Bangalore never really got going, as KKR's bowlers got on top of them early and continued the good work throughout the innings. Langeveldt and Ishant were great upfront, conceding 27 runs each with Langeveldt getting Goswami's wicket early. RCB lost quick wickets following that one, as Pandey, Kohli and Morgan failed to get any sort of momentum. And it was the experienced batsmen, especially Kallis who had to see BRC to a modest score. He batted well, carrying his bat for 65* and had a couple of decent partnerships with Dravid and Uthappa.
KKR's bowlers did a top job, Mathews and Kartik in particular. Matthews is in great form all-round and is proving he has immense value as a player - he got four wickets today, conceding only 19 runs too. Kartik bowled cleverly, getting the key scalps of Kohli and Morgan - he varied his pace and flight nicely today.
Brad Hodge and Manoj Tiwary ensured there were no hiccups in the chase with a brisk partnership of 101 as they scored 50 apiece. Hodge's took 45 balls and Tiwary, who played some absolutely stunning shots off Kallis and Steyn despite an ankle injury, took 29 balls to get his 50. That made the task facile for the other batsmen, and Ganguly looked like getting some form going - he smashed Steyn over long-on for a huge six but was out to another short one soon after. The chase was completed in the final over but it was over long before that.
Tiwary picked up the man-of-the-match award but it really should have been Mathews again, as it was the bowling that restricted RCB to a smaller total.
Both teams that were in the bottom two last year have started with wins, and both of those teams, incidentally, are the ones I support. This will be a great season for me!