Spurred by a sparkling half century from Sanju Samson (63 off 41 balls) Rajasthan Royals pulled off a thrilling four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 40 of IPL6 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.
Chasing a target of 172, Dravid gave them them ideal start cracking four boundaries in a 17-ball 22.
Samson continued the momentum after the dismissal of Rahane, with a belligerent knock which was studded with seven sixes and two boundaries.
He was associated in a breezy 68-run stand in 46 balls for the third wicket with Watson (32) who added 46 off just 25 balls with Hodge for the fourth wicket.
Hodge's 18-ball cameo of 32 which contained two sixes and a boundary set them on course before falling in the last over with victory in sight.
Rampaul claimed two for 28.
Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore spurred by a late cameo form Vinay Kumar made 171-6 in 20 overs after being put into bat.
Gayle gave them a flying start smashing six boundaries and a six in his 16-ball 36.
Superb bowling from Watson and Sreesanth pegged back Bangalore.
AB de Villiers was caught in the deep for 21 off 13 balls just when he threatened to cut loose while Kohli made an uncharacteristic 32 off 35 balls.
Their innings never really gathered momentum despite Henriques making 22 off 19 balls with two boundaries and a six.
It was some lusty blows from Vinay Kumar who blasted three sixes off Faulkner that helped Bangalore set Rajasthan a stiff target.
Watson had an excellent return of 3 for 22 while Sreesanth and Trivedi claimed a wicket apiece.
Birthday boy Faulker took two superb catches but went for 42 in his four overs.
RAJASTHAN ROYAL INNINGS
Rajasthan win a thriller with a ball to spare to maintain their unbeaten home record.
Binny hits a boundary off the penultimate ball from Vinay Kumar for the winning hit.
Virat collects and returned an excellent throw to the striker's end with AB taking off the bails, Shah is short of his ground
O Shah run out 1 (1b 0x4 0x6)
Vinay bowls a slower one on middle, Hodge attempts to swing it and misses
B Hodge b Vinay Kumar 32 (18b 1x4 2x6)
Singh get danger man Watson out and concedes just 7 runs of that over.
RR 166-4 after 19 overs
Watson goes for a short outside off and gets a top edge, AB under it does not make a mistake to send the inform batsmen home.
S Watson c de Villiers b Singh 41 (31b 3x4 1x6)
Hodge punishes Rampaul with two huge sixes over long-off and getting 17 runs of this over.
RR 156-3 after 18 overs
Watson smashes Kumar over the fence in the midwicket hitting it superbly.
RR 133-3 after 17 overs
Hodge slams Unadkat to the fence with 10 runs coming off that over.
RR 130-3 after 16 overs
Rampaul concedes 5 runs and gets a important wicket of Samson.
RR 120-3 after 15 overs
Samson goes attempting a lofted shot over midwicket with Kartik getting him at point.
S Samson c Kartik b Rampaul 63 (41b 7x4 2x6)
Samson who is top form smashes Jaydev Unadkat twice to the boundary over the extra cover.
RR 115-2 after 14 overs
Samson could not be conatined for long and slams Singh twice to the fence in this over.
RR 105-2 after 13 overs.
Watson slams Kartik to the fence managing to get over the cheeky singles.
RR 95-2 after 12 overs
R P Singh concedes 5 runs off that over.
RR 85-2 after 11 overs
Karthik bowls a better over in the 10th conceding just seven runs as Rajasthan reach 80-2 at the halfway stage.
Watson smashes Unadkat for his first boundary. RR 73-2 in 9 overs.
Samson is on fire clobbering consecutive sixes off Karthik. RR 63-2 in 8 overs.
Henriques strikes in his second over bowling Dravid who swings and misses. RR 48-2.
R Dravid b Henriques 22 (17b 4x4 0x6)
Samson smashes Vinay Kumar for consecutive boundaries as Rajasthan make 45-1 at the end of the Powerplay overs.
Henriques bowls a tight fifth over giving away just four runs with Gayle failing to latch onto a tough chance off Henriques. RR 36-1 in 5 overs.
Vinay Kumar's first two boundaries have been smashed to the fence by Samson. RR 32-1 in 4 overs.
Rampaul bowls a wicket maiden in the third over.
Rampaul strikes in his second over with Rahane edging to RP Singh at fine leg. RR 21-1.
A Rahane c Singh b Rampaul 2 (7b 0x4 0x6)
Dravid has got into his stride quickly pulling and driving RP Singh for two more boundaries. RR 21-0 in 2 overs.
Dravid is dropped off the first ball from Rampaul and smashes a couple of boundaries. RR 8-0 in 1 over.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE INNINGS
Vinay Kumar smashes three consecutive sixes off Faulkner in the final over as Bangalore finish with a flourish at 171-6 after being put into bat.
Watson finishes with excellent figures of 4-0-22-3.
Watson picks up his third wicket as Samson pouches a skier from Rampaul. RCB 149-6.
R Rampaul c Samson b Watson 3 (4b 0x4 0x6)
Faulkner effects a run out to dismiss Henriques. RCB 145-5.
M Henriques run out 22 (19b 2x4 1x6)
Henriques smashes Watson for a six over long-off.
V Kohli c Faulkner b Watson 32 (35b 3x4 0x6)
Sreesanth is bowling with his tails up giving away just four runs. RCB 116-3 in 15 overs.
Kohli becomes the ninth batsman to complete 2,000 IPL runs.
Kohli has pulled a short pitched delivery from Trivedi to the midwicket fence to bring up the 100 of the Bangalore innings. RCB 112-3 in 14 overs.
Sreesanth bowls a rare wicket maiden removing AB de Villiers. RCB 99-3 in 13 overs.
Sreeshanth strikes as AB de Villiers slices to Faulkner at sweeper cover. RCB 99-3.
AB de Villiers c Faulkner b Sreesanth 21 (13b 3x4 0x6)
AB de Villiers cracks a boundary off Binny who lost the ball. RCB 99-3 in 12 overs.
AB de Villiers and Kohli smash a couple of boundaries in the 11th over from Chandila breaking the drought after seven overs. RCB 90-2 in 11 overs.
The boundaries have dried up for Bangalore after the dismissal of Gayle. RCB 75-2 in 10 overs.
Trivedi has struck in his first over as Mukund is bowled off an inside edge. RCB 66-2.
A Mukund b Trivedi 19 (21b 1x4 0x6)
Watson strikes in his first over getting the prized wicket of Gayle who gives a nick behind to Samson. RCB 44-1 in 4 overs.
C Gayle c Samson b Watson 34 (16b 6x4 1x6)
Gayle is setting the ground ablaze clobbering Sreeshanth for the first six of the match over midwicket. RCB 39-0 in 3 overs.
Gayle has bludgeoned Sreeshanth for consecutive with a lofted drive and straight down the ground.
Sreeshanth into the attack after Gayle has hit out against Chandila and Faulkner.
Gayle has smashed a short delivery from Faulkner to midwicket for his fourth boundary. RCB 22-0 in 2 overs.
Gayle has got into his stride early, slamming three boundaries off Chandila in the first over. RCB 13-0 in 1 over.
Rajasthan win toss and put Bangalore into bat.
RR: R Dravid, A Rahane, S Watson, S Binny, O Shah, B Hodge, S Samson, J Faulkner, S Sreesanth, A Chandila, S Trivedi
RCB: C Gayle, Mukund, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, S Tiwary, M Henriques, M Kartik, R Rampaul, V Kumar, R Pratap Singh, J Unadkat
Rajasthan Royals (RR) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 40 of IPL6 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday.
Both teams are undefeated at home so far this season.
While RR thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match, RCB suffered a 58-run drubbing at the hands of Mumbai Indians.
Both teams are still placed among the top four teams in the standings.