Kings XI need to win to keep up their chances of a play-off place come the end of the season.
Kings XI Punjab host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 IPL with the home side needing a win to keep up with the leaders.
Kings XI have now suffered three successive defeats in the tournament and are six points off the pace.
RCB are one of those teams with a six point advantage, along with three other franchises, but sit in second place due to their large net run rate.
Bangalore themselves had suffered back-to-back losses in the league before their crushing defeat of IPL whipping boys Pune Warriors India.
Royal Challengers star man Chris Gayle has lost his place as leader of the Orange Cap for most runs in the competition in recent matches.
Gayle was running away with the award after his record breaking 175 against Pune, but strong performances from Chennai Super Kings’ Mike Hussey ensures it will be a close race for the prize.
For Punjab they have experimented with dropping captain Adam Gilchrist due to the veteran Australian’s poor form with the bat.
Batsmen David Miller, Mandeep Singh and the returning Shaun Marsh have looked confident with the blade but will need to kick on now if the side want any chance of finishing in the top four.
With the ball RCB’s Vinay Kumar is second in the Purple Cap standings for most wickets after claiming 18 victims, whilst Azhar Mahmood has been the best bowler for King’s XI.