Pandey scored 60 off 45 with four boundaries and a couple of sixes.
"I was actually good in academics," said Murugan Ashwin.
They asked the Royals to chase down 182 for the win, and ensured that they defended it eventually despite a brief scare by Stuart Binny's quick knock at the end.
KL Rahul announces himself in the tournament with a match-winning knock.
Varun Chakravarthy was the most expensive uncapped in the auction this time around.
Veerans fell short of the target by just 13 runs.
Murugan Ashwin took a blinder to dismiss Srikkanth Anirudha.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore have been in contrasting form.
The Knights have some injury concerns which they would like to address through the transfer window.
Washington Sundar and Murugan Ashwin who play for the same state team Tamil Nadu are a part of the RCB squad for the 11th season of IPL.