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We have to play our A-game: Bayliss

Calcutta: Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss is a little cautious going into the play-offs of IPL VII. He wants the players to stay focused and not read much into their seven-match winning streak.

Bayliss reminisced about the 2012 season when the Knight Riders emerged champions. “It’s very similar to two years ago in 2012. We are on a high coming into the play-offs. We are in a good space, but that does not necessarily mean that we will win.

“To give yourself a chance, you got to be playing good, confident cricket. We’re playing against some very good teams,” Bayliss said.

“I’m very proud of the boys and the character they’ve shown. We have made the play-offs after winning the last seven games.

“You need to win the Qualifier and then to give yourself a chance… I feel that’s where we are at... But that doesn’t guarantee anything, we are up against three very good teams.”

Bayliss is aware that Glenn Maxwell hasn’t achieved much success against the Knight Riders, but wouldn’t like to take anyone lightly. Even a Virender Sehwag could prove to be dangerous.

“We’re very happy with the way we played against KXIP in the last two matches… We have to play our A-game. They are a very good batting team, they can quite easily turn around. We have to stay focused in what we’re doing,” said Bayliss.

“Sehwag’s still a very dangerous player. The consistency may not be the same as players get old, but that does not mean they can’t score in the same manner as they did once. He has batted very well on occasions in this tournament. We will not take him lightly. He is a class player, a very destructive batsman, one that we would like to get out very early,” said Bayliss.

While lauding Robin Uthappa, he said: “Robin has been fantastic since he was promoted to the top of the order. The middle order probably did not work, you got to learn and move on. He has been absolutely fantastic.”