Ahmedabad: With just two victories under their belt in seven outings so far, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Trevor Bayliss knows that the chances of his team advancing to the knock-out stage in the IPL VII is fast diminishing.
On Monday, after the 10-run loss against Rajasthan Royals (RR), the Australian coach said KKR were still in with a mathematical chance of going ahead in the meet.
“Mathematically we have seven games to go,” said the Knights’ coach. “If you are looking at eight wins for a play-off spot… then we need six wins from the remaining seven games. We’ve won seven on the trot before. It will be a big turnaround from where we are now,” he admitted.
Asked what went wrong against RR, Bayliss jokingly said his team escaped from the jaws of victory. Then, on a serious note, he added: “We gave too many runs away and didn’t get enough runs. I have never seen that before… the loss of six wickets in eight balls for just two runs. I can’t just explain it… it was a devastating defeat.”
Bayliss said the inability of his team to overcome pressure was the prime reason for the loss. “They bowled very well and we succumbed to the pressure. That’s the game of cricket. I would like to have one of those guys go on to make 80-90 after that start.”
Asked whether the KKR batsmen went for reckless shots, the coach agreed. “In hindsight they all would have wanted to change the way they played a shot,” Bayliss said.
He sounded happy about Gautam Gambhir’s batting form. “He has looked good in the last two games. He has started to time the ball well… at the start of the tournament we weren’t getting too many runs in the beginning while the middle order was holding up.”