Ahmedabad: With just one win under their belt from four matches, a struggling Kings XI Punjab will seek a much-needed victory when they face-off against an unbeaten Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sardar Patel Stadium here today.
KXIP skipper George Bailey
The Royals have won all their five matches played so far to claim the top spot.
Their eight-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday showed how confident the team was in its abilities.
The team welcomed back skipper Shane Watson into the team against CSK and he responded with a superb 73-run knock to put on a 144-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (76) to seal a comprehensive eight-wicket victory.
It was Royals' fourth win while chasing that shows the team's formidable batting strength. Rahane is the current leading run-scorer in the tournament with 231 runs and Royals will hope the India batsman continues the good form.
On the other hand, Kings XI, led by Aussie George Bailey, have to put up a decent show with the bat.
Punjab's bowling, spearheaded by Mitchell Johnson, has put up a reasonable effort but it is their batting that has let them down.
Australia's Glenn Maxwell is yet to take centre-stage and attention will be on his performance against Royals.