In the last match played between the two teams, Punjab came out victorious by six wickets and will have the psychological advantage.
With just a few games to go, it is a sprint to the finish and it is anyone's guess as to who will finish with the final playoff spot.
But to stay in contention for a playoff berth, Rajasthan Royals first must win their remaining two away games against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 and Delhi Capitals on May 4 and then hope for favourable results from other matches. Livingstone departed at the tenth over to Shakib Al Hasan.
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Both Rahul and Gayle have been the leading-run getters for Kings XI Punjab this season, having scored close to 450 runs in 11 games to warm up for the World Cup in near ideal fashion.
Sanju Samson, who scored a brisk 48 off 32 balls (4x4, 1x6) and Ashton Turner (3) took the Royals past the finishing line in 19.1 overs.
It all happened on the first ball of the 13th over after Warner's attempt of taking on Royals Oshane Thomas saw him returning back to the pavilion. The explosive David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha launched a stunning onslaught to score the highest number of runs in PowerPlay this season - 77 for no loss - bettering the team's 72 against Kolkata Knight Riders at the same venue.
After going in excess of 11 runs per over coming into this game, Unadkat showed why RR splurged on him ahead of the season as he bamboozled the SRH batsmen with his variations.
Manish Pandey (36) put on another 82 runs with Warner, as the pair tore into the bowling of teenage Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.