In what is a do or die game, for both teams, Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to field first against Kings XI Punjab. KXIP are unchanged from their previous game, whereas RR have made one change to their XI with Varun Aaron coming back in place of Ankit Rajpoot. KXIP have come back strong to win the next five and give themselves a chance of making it to the playoffs. On the other hand, Royals are coming back after a win against table toppers Mumbai Indians.
In the table, Steve Smith’s side is languishing at the bottom, placed 7th in the points-table and loss for the 2008 champions will knock them out of the tournament. The last time Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals met in IPL 2020, the cricketing world witnessed a heist of epic proportions and learnt that Rahul Tewatia can wield the long handle. Since then, the Royals went on their topsy-turvy journey in which they endured more defeats than victories.
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson(w), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi