Dimitri Mascarenhas claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to finish with 5/25, best by any Kings XI Punjab bowlers in IPL, restricting Pune warriors to a modest total of 115.
Mithun Manhas who made 31 remained the top scorer for Pune Warriors. Punjab have got an easy chance to settle their score of the previous match loss against Pune.
Kings XI Punjab struck early after inviting Pune Warriors to bat as they got Jesse Ryder run out in the third over.
Dimitri Mascarenhas then dismissed Pune skipper Sourav Ganguly and Marlon Samuels in the fifth over to leave Pune Warriors reeling at 29/3.
Ganguly scored 16 while Samuels could add just two runs on the board.
Hosts Punjab brought in Shaun Marsh for Faulkner. Parvinder Awana also made the cut in Punjab squad.
On the other hand Angelo Mathews replaced Murali Kartik in Pune Warriors. Also making into the squad is batsman Mithun Manhas.
The two teams played each other just a couple of days ago at Pune and will be face-to-face on Thursday, in their return fixture, with the home team hoping to exact revenge.