While the Dravid-Rohit duo talked about drawing up a different template for T20s, the focus was equally on beating the Kiwis, who have been a thorn in India's flesh in the last few ICC tournaments.
Glenn Phillips (34 off 21), Martin Guptill (31 off 15) and Daryl Mitchell (31 off 28) were notable contributors for New Zealand.
Orange Cap: Ruturaj Gaikwad of the Chennai Super Kings for his 635 runs, including four half centuries and one hundred.
He stressed that Kohli, who has decided to step down as India T20 captain after the upcoming World Cup and RCB skipper post the ongoing IPL, remains a 'leader'.
Harshal, after claiming a match-winning hat-trick in their IPL match against Mumbai Indians, was short of words and said it will take time to sink in.
Harshal removed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar off successive deliveries to defend a target of 165 without breaking much sweat.
Rajasthan Royals had scored 177 as Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj picked three wickets each. While Siraj gave early strikes to RCB, Harshal wreaked havoc in the second half of the innings.
Virat Kohli shared a picture in which he was seen sharing smiles with AB de Villiers and RCB's last game hero Harshal Patel.
RCB all-rounder Harshal Patel on Tuesday said apart from his job with the ball, he also knows his role as a batsman.
Harshal Patel said he benefitted from the clarity regarding his role given by the team management two weeks prior to the start of this year's IPL.
Harshal's 5 for 27 was the reason RCB were able to restrict MI to 159 for nine in the IPL opener, which is something that even losing captain Rohit Shama admitted.
Medium-pacer Harshal Patel was the wrecker-in-chief for RCB, finishing with excellent figures of 5/27 to become the first bowler ever to record a five-for against Mumbai Indians in the league.
The 30-year-old bowler picked three wickets in the final over of the Mumbai Indians' innings to restrict the side to 159/9 in the allotted 20 overs.