Rajasthan Royals' openers Rahuld Dravid and Shane Watson got off to a steady start while chasing 110 to beat Kochi Tuskers Kerala on a slow Sawai Man Singh Stadium wicket here on Sunday.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne's decision to bowl first was vindicated as Kochi Tuskers Kerala were skittled out for 109 in 20 overs .
Rajasthan Royals got rid of Kochi's top three batsmen - VVS Laxman, Mahela Jaywardene and Brad Hodge - to take early control of the Indian Premier League match.
Laxman was found short of his ground while attempting a cheeky single and Johan Botha bowled Jayawardene to reduce the Royals to 28/2 in the fifth over after Shane Warne elected to bowl first.
It was then up to Parthiv Patel and Brad Hodge to resurrect the innings but Warne introduce himself into the attack and straight away took out fellow Australian Brad Hodge.
But with the experience of Parthiv Patel and batting form of Ravindra Jadeja, the Kochi Tuskers were able to arrest the fall of wickets, though runs came at a snail's pace.
Before Sunday's encounter, out of the six matches Royals have played so far, the 2008 champions, after having started on a great note by winning the first two games, finished on the losing side on three occasions, while one match got abandoned due to rain.
On the other hand, Kochi Tuskers have been on a rampage. After putting behind the disappointment of the first two losses, this new IPL team has hardly looked back.
Mahela Jayawardene and Co have stunned three powerful sides in the competition - defending champions Chennai Super Kings, runners-up of last season Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders - to emerge as one of the favourites in the tournament.