Rahul Dravid just continues to put the younger players in shade.
The Rajasthan Royals skipper played another innings of elegance and class, and in the company of the ever-impressive Ajinkya Rahane, Dravid guided the home side to a comprehensive win over the Delhi Daredevils in their IPL 2013 game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Needing 155 for a win, after the Daredevils limped to 154 for four, thanks mainly to a solid innings from Ben Rohrer, the Royals pressed the cruise mode button right from the off to coast to a nine-wicket win - their seventh straight at home -- finishing on 155 for one with 13 ball to spare.
The win takes the Royals to second in the points table, two points behind leaders CSK, while the Daredevils have now lost all hope of making the playoffs.
It was a cakewalk from the beginning really for the Royals, who barely put a foot wrong in their chase of 155.
The impressive opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid again came up trumps for the home side, combining for a hundred-run partnership of 108 for the first wicket.
Dravid took the bulk of the strike and yet again turned back the clock with some delectable shots. There were those patented flicks, straight drives and lofted drives over cover in his impressive half-century as the Royals home crowd were treated to some brilliantly pure batting.
The Royals were one run short of 50 after the six powerplay overs, and from there the result was never really in doubt, even if Pawan Negi dropped Rahane in the fifth over off Morne Morkel.
Dravid got to his half-century almost inevitably in sync with the Royals total, with the skipper bringing up his 50 just as his side reached 100 in the 13th over.
The elegant right-hander fell for a well-made 53 (48b, 7x4) while trying to get to the target as quickly as possible to boost the nett run rate, holing out to Ajit Agarkar off Siddarth Kaul.
Shane Watson came and blasted a quickfire 14-ball 28 (3x4, 1x6) as Rahane (63, 45b, 5x4, 1x6) reached his second-straight half-century to give the Royals a convincing win.
It was a scratchy little innings from Delhi Daredevils, where there was no real momentum for 16 overs, before Rohrer came to the party to take his side to a respectable total.
The opening partnership of Mahela Jayawardene and Virender Sehwag failed for the umpteenth time in IPL 2013, with the duo putting together just 19 runs, before the latter was walking back in the fourth ball of the second over.
James Faulkner, one of the more impressive players in this year's IPL, bowled a nice little slower ball with the back of his hand, which Sehwag (11) did not seem to pick, which in turn resulted in his stumps being disturbed.
CM Gautam, making his IPL debut, will want to forget his first game soon, as the Karnataka man edged one to wicketkeeper Sanju Samson off Shane Watson in the very next over, after facing just three deliveries for two runs.
David Warner (13, 18b, 2x4), easily the Daredevils' best batsman in IPL 2013, looked dangerous after coming in, smashing the wayward Shaun Tait for a couple of boundaries, before throwing away his wicket to Stuart Binny, with Sachin Baby completing the catch off the Australian's mistimed shot at short cover.
Jayawardene (34, 31b, 4x4, 1x6) and Rohrer looked to steady the ship, allying for 31 runs in a little under five overs, before the Daredevils captain hit a flick straight to Rahul Dravid at midwicket off Siddharth Trivedi.
The Daredevils were a far from impressive 78 for four from 12 overs at that point. Rohrer and Kedar Jadhav (23, 21b, 2x4) then combined for the innings-defining partnership of 76 runs from the remaining eight overs.
Rohrer was very much the aggressor in the partnership, scoring 49 of the 76 runs, as the Australian left-hander took full toll of the Royals death bowlers.
The Daredevils scored 50 runs in the last four overs, with Rohrer (64, 40b, 9x4, 1x6) scoring his highest score in T20 cricket in the process, as the away side posted 154 for four, which proved to be far from enough.