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"He (Buttler) is second to none. We are lucky to have him. He has got so much versatility in his batting," Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith said.
Rajasthan Royals looked in commanding positions against the Delhi Capitals and RCB in their previous two outings.
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Buttler came up with an unbeaten 70-run knock off just 48 balls to lead his side to a comfortable seven-wicket IPL win against Chennai Super Kings.
The Royals suffered a 57 run-loss to defending champions Mumbai Indians -- their third defeat on the trot -- with only Buttler contributing a sizeable score (70) here on Tuesday.
Rajasthan Royals have notched 200-plus scores in both their matches and against Kings XI Punjab, they chased down an IPL record target of 224.
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Rajasthan Royals and KXIP are slated to lock horns against each other on Sunday, September 27 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Coming into the match after morale-boosting victories, both KXIP and the Royals would look to build a winning momentum after starting the tournament as underdogs.
Buttler wasn't part of the bubble that was created for the players travelling from the UK to the UAE and that is the reason why he has to do a full six-day quarantine and will miss the first game.
Former Australia skipper Smith has had concussion problems and missed all three ODIs against England and his participation in the opening game is subject to clearance from medical teams.
After their surprise title win in the inaugural season, the recent kit change and the suspension have been the headline-grabbing outcomes for the Jaipur-based team.
On Sunday, Buttler played an unbeaten knock of 77 runs as England comprehensively defeated Australia by 6 wickets.
In a statement, England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Monday that Buttler left the bio-secure bubble on Sunday evening following the team's victory over Australia to be with his family.