Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss admits confidence is high ahead of Tuesday’s IPL Qualifier with Kings XI Punjab but stressed that his men will be staying grounded (King’s XI 4/5, KKR Evens Match Betting).
Kolkata began the tournament in woeful fashion and won just two of their first seven matches, but they rallied in the second half of the campaign to win seven straight games and finish second in the table behind Punjab.
The two franchises will now square off in the first Qualifier, with the winner set to go straight into the final and the loser facing a battle against either Chennai Super Kings or Mumbai Indians, who play each other in the Eliminator.
There is no doubt that KKR have all the momentum going into Tuesday’s match-up but Bayliss has made it clear that he will be taking nothing for granted at Eden Gardens.
“It’s very similar to two years ago in 2012,” he said. “We’re on a high coming into the semis. We are in a good space but that does not necessarily mean that we will win.”
Glenn Maxwell has been the star performer for King’s XI to date with 533 runs and a league-leading 35 sixes, but Bayliss has highlighted the threat posed by veteran Virender Sehwag and feels the former India opener cannot be taken lightly (Sehwag 7/2 Top King’s XI Batsman).
“He’s still a very dangerous player,” he added. “The consistency may fall a little as the players get old but that does not mean they can’t score in the same manner they did once.”