On the other hand, Mumbai Indians will come into the game against Rajasthan with 14 points and nearly a foot in the final four of the IPL.
The game against Mumbai Indians on Sunday is a must-win game for Rajasthan Royals and they would expect the trio of Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to go all guns blazing at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Pandya exhibited his remarkable six-hitting ability and scored an unbeaten 60 off 21 balls.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Mumbai lost Quinton de Kock inside the first over as the South African, having hammered Archer (2-31) for an enormous six, chopped the next ball onto his stumps.
Sharjah: After being criticised for not giving enough opportunities to youngsters, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni brought in young batsmen Ruturaj Gaekwad and N Jagadeesan only to see his team's batting order hit a new low against Mumbai Indians (MI) here on Friday. He looked primed for another good knock when he pulled a 149.6kph Jofra Archer delivery for a six to get off the mark.
De kock- has been opening the batting with unbelievable consistency. Surya went on the offensive against Shreyas Gopal, collecting two boundaries in the ninth over.
At Dubai, Virat Kohli's third half century in this edition proved to be in vain as Chennai Super Kings thumped playoff contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets. The chase could have proved tricky against a fine bowling attack, if not for Stokes (107*) and Samson (54*), who ensured a smooth chase, smashing the ball confidently to all corners of the ground. A win tonight will further bolster their chances of finishing the league stage in the top two which will give them two shots at the final. The pair scored 19 from the 13th over bowled by Pattinson, with Samson hitting a six and a four and Stokes, hitting a four to move past 60.
The only question that remained was whether Stokes could reach three figures - and he did so in style, hoisting Pattinson over midwicket for another six before carving his next ball for four to clinch the Royals' victory.