Opener Rahul Dravid and Johan Botha chipped in with useful contributions as Rajasthan Royals registered a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League match at the Sawai Mansingh stadium, in Jaipur, on Tuesday.
After restricting Delhi to 151 for six, Rajasthan overhauled the target with nine balls to spare, and handed Daredevils their second consecutive defeat in the league.
Dravid (38) hit six fours and a six in his 31-ball stay, while Botha produced an unbeaten 39 off 32 deliveries.
With 11 runs required from the last two overs, New Zealander Ross Taylor (18) cracked a four off Ashok Dinda and then hit him for a huge six over the midwicket boundary.
Hosts Rajasthan ended up with 152 for four in 18.3 overs.
Chasing a stiff target, Dravid (38) started proceedings on an aggressive note and 26 runs came in the first three overs.
Dravid hit two fours off Dinda in the third over to make his intention clear. But Dinda soon got his act together and disturbed Amit Paunikar's stumps with a fullish delivery.
Sehwag introduced Irfan Pathan in the fourth over and Dravid gave him for special treatment, clobbering him for two fours and a six to accumulate 15 runs.
Next change van der Merwe also got the same treatment as both Dravid and Botha, who came to the crease after the dismissal of Paunikar, hit him for three fours to take the home team's score past 50 in 5.3 overs.
But ven der Merwe soon took his revenge in the form of Dravid's wicket, who was caught by wicketkeeper Naman Ojha while trying to slice the ball towards point.
Local boy Ashok Maneria (22) teamed up with Botha as both kept the scorebord tickling with occasional boundaries.
Maneria was more aggressive of the two as he clobbered van der Merwe for two sixes in the 10th over to bring the asking rate under eight runs per over.
Pathan, who hardly looked threatening in his first spell, was again bought back into the attack by Sehwag, and he responded by accounting for Maneria's wicket.
It was a short of length delivery outside off and Menaria punched it straight to Sehwag at short extra cover.
Ajinkya Rahane (18), who was included in the playing eleven in place of Stuart Binny, hit Pathan for a six to take the team's total past 100-run mark in 12.1 overs.
Morkel accounted for Rahane's wicket in the 16th over as the right-hander went for an ugly across-the-line hook.
Botha and Taylor then took Rajasthan home without any further damage.
For Delhi Dinda, Morkel, Pathan, Merwe got a wicket each.
Earlier, opener David Warner and Venugopal Rao hit brisk half-centuries to rescue Delhi Daredevils after a dismal start and steer them to a fighting total.
Warner (54) and Rao (60) put on an 83-run partnership for the fifth wicket as Daredevils rallied from 29 for two in five overs and 36 for four in eight to cross the 100-run mark.
Warner struck six fours and a six in his 44-ball innings, while Rao hit four fours and as many sixes during his 40-ball stay to lift Delhi from a precarious position.
Earlier, electing to bat, Daredevils were off to a dismal start, losing two wickets in the form of skipper Virender Sehwag (4) and Aaron Finch (11) inside the first six overs.
Sehwag's decision to bat on a placid Jaipur track backfired as Rajasthan's Australian import Shaun Tait struck early to leave the visitors reeling at 30 for 2 in six overs.
Tait, who replaced injured New Zealander Jacob Oram in the side, dismissed the dangerous Sehwag in his first over.
The India opener, who hit Tait for four through cover point off his second delivery, created room for himself the very next delivery only to edge the ball, which Dravid pouched effortlessly at first slip.
Next man-in, Finch, hit the first six of Delhi innings when he clobbered South African spinner Johan Botha over wide midwicket in the third over to somewhat break the deadlock.
But his exploits soon came to an end as the Australian responded late to a bouncer from Tait, and lobbed a simple catch to Botha at mid-on.
The experienced speedster mixed aggression with pace as he used the windy conditions to devastating effect.
Skipper Warne introduced himself in the eighth over and spun a web around Delhi's batsmen as he dismissed Unmukt Chand (2) and Naman Ojha (0) in quick succession.
Warner and Rao then came together and did the repair work, taking the score past the 50-run mark in 10.4 overs.
They steadied the Delhi team, which started the tournament with a big defeat to Mumbai Indians.
Warner reached his half century off 40 balls, while Rao was a little quicker, requiring 37 balls.
After Warner departed, caught by Abhishek Raut off pacer Amit Singh in the 18th over, Rao punished the Rajasthan bowlers, especially Siddharth Trivedi, clobbering him for two huge sixes.
But Trivedi had the last laugh as Rao was caught by Warne at deep midwicket off Trivedi's slower one.
Irfan Pathan (9) hit Tait for two consecutive fours in the last over to take Delhi past the 150 mark.
Besides Tait and Warne, Amit Singh and Siddharth Trivedi bagged a wicket each.