Rajasthan had a disastrous start to their innings after opting to bat as they were reduced to 30 for four at the end of the first six overs of powerplay with Ishant doing bulk of the damage.
While both teams will be without their best players, Rajasthan Royals have a slim mathematical chance of making it.
Legends like Brian Lara have found it difficult to understand why a talented player like Samson has not even been considered in India's World Cup probables.
Rahane returns to lead Royals for the game against Delhi Capitals on Saturday after Smith replaced him as captain in the middle of the season following the team's disappointing run.
The heavens opened up minutes before the scheduled start of 8pm between the Royal Challengers Bangalore-Rajasthan Royals clash at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday.
Needing 22 off the final 10 balls, Royals were favourites to pocket two points but showers lashed Chinnaswamy again and both teams had to share a point each.
Both Smith and former Australia vice-captain David Warner have served out their year-long international bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.
Rajasthan, with 10 points from 12 games, still have a theoretical chance to make it to the playoffs, provided they do not lose any of their remaining two matches.
RR will be hoping for a favourable result to sneak in as the fourth team and Smith believes that his men can take it to the wire against Capitals in the last game in which he won't be available.
For a 17-year-old, Riyan Parag has already struck off many entries that may still be unchecked for those even twice his age.
In an excellent new-ball spell of 3-1-10-2, Aaron removed both the Kolkata Knight Riders openers -- Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) -- with inswinging deliveries.
KKR have suffered five defeats on the trot, exposing their over-reliance on Andre Russell, and Karthik has copped criticism for not promoting the big-hitting West Indian up the order.
With both teams rejuvenated after their respective victories, it will be an interesting battle for one-upmanship come Monday.
Rajasthan would be taking heart from the four-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at their own den last Saturday and will hope to get the better of their rivals once again, this time at home.
Reflecting on the disappointing loss to KXIP, Upton said both Ravichandran Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin did well to restrict the Rajasthan batsmen which swung the match in the Kings' favour.