Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs
RR 130/8 in 17.5 overs, Cooper departs
RR 128/7 in 17.3 overs, Hodge out
RR 101/6 in 15.5 overs, Tewatia departs
Karanveer strikes again, RR 83/5 in 13.1 overs
Rajasthan Royals 70/4 as Binny departs
Rajasthan Royals 64/3 in 10 overs
Rajasthan Royals 56/3 in 8.2 overs
Big wicket for Dhawan as Watson departs
Dhawan strikes for Punjab, Rahane out
Rahane and Samson are going strong. The duo have added 35 runs in 5.1 overs.
50 up for Rajasthan Royals in 7th over
Rajasthan 21/1 in 2.44 overs, Nair out
KXIP finish their innings at 179/4 in 20 overs.
150 up for KXIP in 18.1 overs
KXIP 119/4 in 14.4 overs: Saha goes after Tewatia but finds Rahane in the deep.
KXIP lose 4th wicket, Saha departs.
Play resumes, KXIP 118/3 in 14 overs.
Rain stops play, KXIP 113/3 in 13.1 overs.
KXIP 113/3 in 13.1 overs: Malik bowls a slower ball to Marsh and he goes for a big hit but finds Rahane at long on.
100 up for Kings XI Punjab in 11.4 overs.
KXIP 83/2 in 10 overs: (Shaun Marsh 23*, Saha 13*)
KXIP 54/2 in 6.3 overs: Vohra in his attempt for a second run falls short of the crease.
Fifty up for Kings XI Punjab in 5.2 overs
Kings XI Punjab 46/1 in 5 overs: (Manan Vohra 17*, Shaun Marsh 9*)
Kings XI Punjab 24/1 in 2.2 overs: Faulkner bowls to Sehwagand he gets a top edge to mid-on.
Punjab start their innings with Sehwag and Vohra
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and invited Kings XI Punjab to bat in an Indian Premier League match here on Friday.
Kings XI Punjab have rested Glenn Maxwell with David Miller and Lakshmipathy Balaji back in the XI while leg-spinner Karanveer Singh is making his IPL debut. Rajasthan Royals have made four changes with Pravin Tambe, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tewatia and Vikramjeet Malik included in the playing XI.
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Akshar Patel, Beuran Hendricks, Rishi Dhawan, Karanveer Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Shane Watson (c), Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Kevon Cooper, Brad Hodge, James Faulkner, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Vikramjeet Malik.
Punjab, Rajasthan clash as race to final four hots up
As the scramble for the top four positions has set off, Kings XI Punjab have not much to worry even as they would look to consolidate their position at the top while a victory for Rajasthan Royals is a must when the two teams clash, here today.
Punjab, who lost to Mumbai Indians on Wednesday are currently on top of the table with 18 points from 12 outings.
Rajasthan have 14 points from 12 matches same as Kolkata Knight Riders but they are placed third due to slightly better Net Run-Rate.
The Royals, champions of the inaugural edition, have been performing as per the expectations with some little-known players contributing massively to their success.
However, they are coming into this match after a 25-run loss against Mumbai Indians, paying the price for resting key players such as Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.
Barring opener Karun Nair's 48 and Brad Hodge's 40 and James Faulkner's 31 down the order, none of their other top-half batsmen contributed significantly as Mumbai won by 25 runs after setting a target of 179 for the Royals'
Smith and Rahane are likely to make a comeback and need to fire against Punjab, who are on a roll despite suffering defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians here on Wednesday.
Setting a reasonable target of 157, KXIP lost to Mumbai Indians, with their opening batsman Lendl Simmons leading his side to victory with an unbeaten ton.
After disappointing local fans, before whom the Kings XI made their first appearance of this season, the George Bailey side will look to do better in the next two home games.
The collapse of their middle order against Mumbai would be a concern and the team will look to sort that out. The good thing for the local outfit this season has been the ability of a range of their players to come up and perform unlike in the past when they banked heavily on a couple of players.
Local fans would hope for another big knock from Glenn Maxwell, who has enthralled the people with his fearless big-hitting batting.