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Trevor stays optimistic

Ahmedabad: Despite three defeats on the trot, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)’s coach Trevor Bayliss is confident about his team making a comeback in the IPL VII.

On Monday, KKR would meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) for the second time in the tournament. Bayliss feels the narrow defeat his team suffered in the UAE would have no psychological effect on his boys.

“I don’t think Royals have gained any psychological advantage by winning the previous game,” Bayliss said here on Sunday.

“If you look at that match carefully, the runs of both the teams were equal. In fact, we had the edge. But in the end, we played some poor shots that cost us the match,” he added.

The previous match between the two teams was a nerve-wracking contest. Both teams ended on the same score after their respective 20 overs, and were level after the Super Over too. Finally, it took a boundary count to decide the winners and that went in favour of RR.

The coach said ups and downs are part of a team’s fortunes in a league format. “Two years ago, we had a slow start but we managed to come back by winning a series of matches. We still have a few more games in hand,” he said.

Bayliss admitted that KKR’s batting should be better if they were looking to win matches. “Batting is a concern… lack of runs is a problem,” said the Australian. “We could do with some more runs… that would definitely be better,” added the coach.

“Initially, our plan was to open with Gambhir and (Jacques) Kallis from the start,” said Bayliss. Robin was given the job for the middle and the lower order. Last game, we promoted him and he backed up the decision with a good score… he is going to stay there,” said the coach.