IPL 7: KKR must be focused against strong KXIP, says coach Bayliss

Kolkata: He may not have set the Indian Premier League (IPL) on fire with his batting, but Kings XI Punjab opener Virender Sehwag is not being taken likely by Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss who hopes the dashing batsman would get out early during their encounter today.

Trevor Bayliss
Trevor Bayliss 

Speaking to the media yesterday ahead of their Qualifier 1 match against Punjab at the Eden Gardens here, Bayliss said his team needs to be on its guard against the opponent batters who can turn around the match any time.

"We're very happy with the way we played against Kings in the last two matches, we're chasing 130-something. We are going to be have our 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.

He, however, said they were not taking anyone lightly and even a player like Virender Sehwag, who seemed to have lost his prime, could be dangerous. "Sehwag is still a very dangerous player. When players get older, their consistency may fall a bit, but that doesn't mean they can't score in the same manner that they did at one time.

"He has batted really well on occasions in the tournament scoring some big scores. So we are certainly not taking him lightly. He is a class player and very destructive batsman and we will have to get him out very early," said Bayliss about Sehwag, who so far has scored 324 runs from 14 outings.

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