Ajinkya Rahane played a delightful 84 off 63 balls and took Rajasthan ever so close to the target. Rajasthan, who restricted Delhi to 152 for six, seemed to be cantering to victory courtesy skipper Rahul Dravid (40) and Rahane 99-run opening partnership.
The former India captain was quick off the the block but his younger and more adventurous opening partner soon overtook him. Requiring 86 off the last 10 overs, the visitors stumbled towards the end.
Dravid was sent packing courtesy a blinder by pacer Ajit Agarkar at the long-on boundary.
Delhi batting first for only the second time in the tournament, lost Mahela Jayawardene (6) and Kevin Pietersen (5) early in the innings. Pietersen has been in sparkling form this season scoring 269 runs with an unbeaten century to his name. He started well today also but his innings came to a premature end courtesy a smart catch by Dravid in first slip.
Image: Delhi Daredevils players celebrate after beating Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match in New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 29, 2012.