And now that has paid off.
KKR has, in the past, been flagged as the disaster team, but even they couldn't have predicted how badly the first match of the season would begin. Chaminda Vaas, playing in the absence of Ryan Harris and Kemar Roach, started off by swinging the ball like nobody's business and the scoreboard after the first over read KKR 1/2. And that's not backward Australian style. Tiwary and skipper Ganguly nipped out for ducks. Hodge and Pujara staged a mini-comeback but they fell in quick succession to the erratic duo of Jaskaran Singh and RP Singh to leave KKR reeling at 31/4 in the 6th over.
Owais Shah patted the ball around while Angelo was more aggressive in their 130-run partnership, and with five overs to go, both cut loose spectacularly to take KKR to a respectable 160, which is around the par score for IPL totals in India.
DC made a strong start again, with (surprise surprise) Adam Gilchrist rollicking to a spendid 50. Even Laxman decided to slog across the line, somewhat successfully. Once both were gone, the Chargers folded one by one, going for silly shots, though it has to be said that the KKR bowlers kept it pretty tight, and all of them chipped in with wickets. Wasim Akram's doing a decent job! Ishant, once again, didn't have the pace that he possessed not too long ago, but his lines and lengths were great and he mixed it up well... just watch the final over as proof of that. Kartik is a wily spinner who's been around a long time, and he, along with Mathews, kept the scoring rate down in the middle overs quite well. Laxmi Ratan Shukla got a little stick from Gilly but he recovered well enough to take the crucial wicket of Anirudh Singh towards the end. Langeveldt, as always, was impressive.
A fantastic match all-round, but KKR supporters will probably worry about the top order. Note that this is a makeshift order, as B-Mac, Gaylestorm and Officer Bond are yet to return. And it is also unlikely that we'll see good conditions for the ball to swing in too many matches - even so, Tiwary, Pujara and Ganguly are good enough to bounce back - they can probably play more freely knowing the lower order's got their back. Big time. If KKR can continue do do well in pressure situations under Ganguly, they could well be on the way to what DC or RCB achieved last year!