Kolkata's experiment to push Narine to the opener's slot had worked well last season and the southpaw's free-flowing style did the job again for his side. Then after Narine's wicket, Rana combined with the new KKR captain Dinesh Karthik to steady the innings.
Unleashing raw power up front, Narine had his intention clear starting off with a flat-batted boundary and a slog sweep six against Chahal in the first two balls.
Following the fall of de Cock's wicket, RCB skipper Virat Kohli walked out in the midst of a jam-packed stadium. Sunil Narine blasted 50 off 17 balls! Chasing a target of 177 on a flat deck, the Knight Riders scored 65/2 in the powerplay and thereafter the target always seemed in sight. Kohli is clear at [3.4] but AB De Villiers, after issues with injury, looked somewhere close to his best towards the end of the South African worldwide season and he's the pick at a generous [4.3].
Lynn may also be skinny at [3.3] but he's the key wicket and could deliver the profit whether he ruins the match tip or not.
Newly-formed Kolkata Knight Rider will start their campaign under a completely new captain, Dinesh Karthik. AB De Villiers put the bowlers to the sword as the 100 came up in the 12th over. But just when the visitors were looking steady with McCullum looking in fine touch and Kohli at ease playing second fiddle, Sunil Narine (1/30) got rid of the unsafe Kiwi with a shortish offbreak that dislodged the stumps.
De Villiers top edged, while Rana yorked Kohli to break the quickfire 64 runs partnership off 36 balls as KKR pulled things back but Mandeep Singh produced a scintillating 18-ball 37 - with two sixes and a four against Vinay Kumar in the last over - to help RCB post 176 for 7.
"The RCB class of 2018 is exciting, a balance of youth and experience, fresh and resolved to delight our supporters around the country, to realise our potential on the field and, hopefully, to take the trophy", De Villiers further writes. De Villiers went for another leg-side heave but this time he holed out to Mitchell Johnson at long-on. Karthik stayed unbeaten on 35 to take KKR home with seven balls to spare, aided by a cameo from Nitish Rana (34*).