At Cape Town, April 26, 2009 (floodlit). Kings XI Punjab won by 27 runs. Toss: Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab 139-6 (20 overs) (K. C. Sangakkara 60, I. K. Pathan 39); Rajasthan Royals 112-7 (20 overs) (R. A. Jadeja 37, S. K. Warne 34*; Y. A. Abdulla 3-21). Kings XI Punjab 2 pts. Man of the Match: K. C. Sangakkara.
The defending champions sorely missed the services of their other Shane - Watson - as their top order misfired again in the face of a modest total from Punjab, who themselves had looked in danger at 48-4, only to be rescued by a stand of 75 in ten overs between Sangakkara and Irfan Pathan.