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Crucial match, says Bayliss

Hyderabad: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Trevor Bayliss is a cautious man on the eve of his team’s crucial IPL VII match against Sunrisers Hyderbad. Bayliss knows that the hosts are breathing down the neck and a slight slip-up at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday could jeopardise KKR’s chances for a slot in the Play-offs.

“It is obviously a very important game with both the teams vying for the fourth spot… A very crucial match for both the sides,” said the Australian. While Knight Riders have 10 points, Sunrisers are trailing by only two points.

In their previous match against Kings XI Punjab, Shikhar Dhawan’s boys displayed their batting prowess by scoring 205 runs. “Sunrisers are a very good team… Got a strong batting line-up and some very good bowlers. We have to play very well to beat them and they too have to play some good cricket to beat us. Hopefully, it will be a good game,” Bayliss said.

“We will sit and have a look at things tomorrow. I am sure the bowlers have got new thoughts already… We have got a reasonably good bowling attack. We have bowled well in this tournament. It should be a good contest between the ball and the bat,” the coach added.

The KKR coach made it clear that all his batting plans would once again revolve around the two in-form opening batsmen — Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir.

Asked about the wicket, Bayliss said he was yet to have a look at it.