Chennai: They may not have won the match on Sunday but the way they fought and pushed Chennai Super Kings to the limit, Kolkata Knight Riders have every reason to feel proud of their performance, coach Trevor Bayliss said. Chasing 201 to win, Kolkata managed 186 for 4 as Manvinder Bisla batted superbly, scoring 92 runs.
"I must say that we were fantastic in the run chase. Sometimes it happens that at the end we did not have the positive result. In the middle overs we got only one or two or three runs or something like that. To look back when you are chasing two hundred and the chance to win in the last over was a fantastic effort. I think the boys can walk away from this game with their heads high," Bayliss said.
The Australian said that his side will take a lot of confidence from Sunday`s game and may repeat the last year`s magic. "I think we got to win about six of the remaining matches. Last year I think we won six on the trot somewhere. We can play the rest of the games in the fashion that we adapted in our last game. I think we did not play to that level in the first few games. The boys can take a lot of positives from the match tonight. They will play with the same confidence like the way they played today in the next few games," he said.
"I must say that we were fantastic in the run chase. I think the boys can walk away from this game with their heads high," the coach said after a 14-run defeat on Sunday.
Asked why they did not bat first, Bayliss said,"Watching some of the games played here on television we thought the wickets played a lot better than last year. CSK and the lot is chasing well. We were really bothered whether we bat second or first. We wanted to try and upset their rhythm to certain degrees."
Chennai are on a roll but Bayliss refused to label them invincible. "I would not say that they are unbeatable. When you have eleven international players on your side and have six or seven in the playing side, they get to the part and parcel of the positive results. Twice last year, we beat them here. "
Bayliss said the biggest positive he would take from the game was that it has given confidence to their batsmen. "I would like to be honest. It is an encouragement especially from the batting point of view we had the best game over here today. The boys are disappointed that we lost the game. But we did reach close to 200. We backed ourselves and we knew it is a good wicket. We really had the chance with one over to go," he said.