Kings XI Punjab IPL 2019 Match 32 Rajasthan Royals
Kings XI Punjab are back in the top-four following their win vs Rajasthan Royals (AFP Photo)

After suffering defeats in two straight games, Kings XI Punjab returned to winning ways on Tuesday night, beating a struggling Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs in Mohali.

The win, their fifth of the ongoing Indian Premier League season, has pushed them back into the top-four of the points table. With 10 points, KXIP are now fourth in the standings as they replaced Kolkata Knight Riders who are on a downward trajectory having lost their last three matches.

Before their Tuesday night clash against RR, the R Ashwin-led KXIP were fifth in the standings. They had eight points, same as that of KKR but were a rung below the former two-time IPL winners due to difference in net-run rate (NRR).

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On the other hand, RR ended up on the wrong side of another close contest, crumbling to their sixth loss in eight matches. They have just two wins so far – against fellow strugglers Royal Challengers Bangalore and an improving Mumbai Indians – which have kept them at the 7th spot.

On Wednesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad clash with table-toppers Chennai Super Kings at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. A win could push them up a slot to fifth. They currently have a better NRR than KKR. Provided they win and maintain the difference, they will replace KKR who will slip another rung to sixth spot.

Whereas, a win for defending champions CSK will further swell their overall tally from 14 to 16 points and a defeat won’t make much difference. In either scenario, they will hold onto their numero uno status.