Electing to bat, Rajasthan posted a challenging 177 for six with all their top-order batsmen, except Ajinkya Rahane, contributing and then restricted KXIP to 134 for eight at the PCA Stadium on which the ball came nicely on to the bat.
Chasing 178 for a win, KXIP were in the game only for a brief while when opener Shaun Marsh (34) was going great guns with some lusty hits but once he was out in the ninth over it was all over for the home side as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
Johan Botha, Shane Watson and Shaun Tait scalped two KXIP batsmen each while Siddarth Trivedi and Stuart Binny took a wicket each.
With the win on Saturday, Rajasthan jumped to the fifth spot in the league table with 10 points from 11 matches while KXIP occupy the sixth place with same 10 points from 11 matches but one rung down on lesser net run rate.
For KXIP, Australian pacer Ryan Harris scalped four wickets for 34 runs while leg-spinner Piyush Chawla took two wickets for 38. All the KXIP bowlers went for runs but they came back strongly in the second part of the innings to restrict Rajasthan to 177 for six.
Watson was the most aggressive of the Rajasthan batsman as he hit four fours and two sixes while Rahul Dravid, who hit eight four in his 39-ball innings, held one end initially before he was out in the 14th over.
After Watson was out in the eighth over, Ashok Maneria carried on the tempo with some lusty hits. He was though lucky as he was dropped near the boundary by Mandeep Singh. He was eventually out off the bowling of Chawla in the 16th over.
Hodge then took the score past 175 with some big hits, including a six each off Harris and Azhar Mahmood. Harris, however, had the last laugh as he claimed Hodge’s wicket in the final over.