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Anand Subramaniam in Hyderabad 18 May 2013 - 08:39pm IST

KKR look to end tournament on a high

Coach Bayliss says team did not play to potential

It will be a disappointing end to the tournament for the Kolkata Knight Riders as they play their final fixture of the IPL this year. The team had been crowned champions last year in an emphatic fashion after a topsy-turvy ride in the years gone by. All dreams of them repeating that magic and defending the title successfully has come to an end as KKR play for pride on Sunday, when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad.

It is an important game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a win will seal their spot in the Playoffs. KKR might not have much to play for, but their coach Trevor Bayliss said, the team would be looking to end on a high. “It is a must-win game for us. We would like to finish with a win,” Bayliss, who addressed the press here at Hyderabad, said. “It has not been the greatest tournament for us. We did not play as well as we did last year, but we would like to finish off with a positive,” he added. KKR have won just six out of there fifteen matches so far. As a result, they could gather only 12 points which quite obviously was not enough to take the side through to the Playoffs stage. The coach agreed that the team had not been in the best of form, and have been inconsistent this year.

“It has been an up and down kind of a tournament for us. We have played some good matches, but we have played some poor matches as well. Early in the season, it was our batting that held us back, we did not score enough runs at the top and given the opportunity at the middle order, the guys did not score as many as runs as they would have liked. We bowled well early in the tournament but faltered at times towards the end. Last year we were very consistent across all facets of the game for most matches throughout the season. It has been the opposite this year,” Bayliss said.

The coach also added that a win is what the team would be looking for on Sunday. It might be of no consequence for them since they are already knocked out of the tournament, but ending the tournament with a win should keep them in high spirits.

“I have already had talks with the boys to finish on a high and win this last game. We would like to play some good cricket and finish the tournament with our heads held high.”

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