They faced a familiar foe first up but it did not make much of an impression on South Australia Redbacks who took Brett Lee in their stride to notch up an easy win against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.
Smarting from their five-wicket defeat against Somerset, KKR, who qualified to the Champions League T20 main draw as the fourth IPL team, could not find a way to stem the run flow as the Australians built on their strong start.
KKR finished at 169/9 in 20 overs, replying to South Australia's 188 for five.
This Kolkata's second loss in this stage.
Callum Ferguson led the way, hammering 70 off 40 balls, 44 off them hit past and over the boundary rope. The 26-year-old joined Daniel Christian (42) and the duo punctured KKR's bowling in a whirlwind 84-run partnership lasting 7.2 overs that left the Kolkata team chasing a massive task.
The pressure told on the KKR top-order batsmen as Australia's new spin find Nathan Lyon and young paceman Kane Richardson checked the run flow alongwith Gary Putland.
Gautam Gambhir, dismissed first ball against Somerset in his first comeback game since he pulled out of the England tour due to concussion, made nine runs before being consumed by the off-spin of Lyon.
Kallis misses out
Jacques Kallis, opening the innings, made 20 off 19 before his dismissal in the 11th over plunged the 'home' team into further trouble.
Manoj Tiwary contributed a typically handy 40 (31 balls) but he fell, one over after Yusuf Pathan (5) had disappointed with the bat as well, leaving KKR's hopes in the hands of Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate.