Rajasthan Royals boosted their hopes of a claiming a place in the knockout stages of the Indian Premier League with a comprehensive 62-run win over struggling Delhi in Ahmedabad.
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Ajinkya Rahane made 64 at the top of the order as the Royals amassed 201-7 after being put into bat by Kevin Pietersen, who then saw his Daredevils side get nowhere near in reply.
The skipper himself could only muster 13 from 18 balls having chosen to open the batting - Manoj Tiwary played a lone hand for Delhi, finishing up unbeaten on 61 having hit two sixes and five fours.
Mayank Agarwal (17) and number 10 Rahul Shukla (14) were the only other batsmen to make it into double figures in a miserable innings that finished up on 139-9. Rajat Bhatia claimed two wickets for the Royals, including bowling Pietersen to leave the score on 48-4.
Rajasthan had earlier put 44 runs on the scoreboard before they lost their first wicket, though the dismissal of Karun Nair simply allowed West Indian all-rounder Kevon Cooper to come in and blaze 32 in a hurry.
Sanju Samson weighed in with 40 as he and Rahane, who hit a solitary six and eight fours in his 50-ball knock, tucked into the Delhi attack during a third-wicket stand worth 74.
The Royals - led by Australian Steven Smith in the absence of usual captain Shane Watson - did lose three wickets for three runs in the closing stages, leg-spinner Imran Tahir taking two in one over to give Delhi some brief respite.
However, James Faulkner finished things off in style, smashing 23 off eight deliveries that saw him launch Shukla for back-to-back sixes before being run out off the final ball of the innings.