IPL Champions KKR are tipped as one of the favourites to win the CLT20 © Getty Images
IPL Champions KKR are tipped as one of the favourites to win the CLT20 © Getty Images

Hyderabad: Sep 20, 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) may be the favourites to win the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), but team coach Trevor Bayliss is not ready to take their opponents, Lahore Lions lightly when they take on the Pakistani outfit.

“They got a few international players that we would know of (in the Pakistani side)…one or two guys can nurture the teams (in a T20 competition). You have a good day, you can win the match,” he told reporters.

Knight Riders, the defending champions of IPL this year, are seen as the favourites in the CLT20 competition after they defeated the formidable Chennai Super Kings in their opening match here on September 17.

Lahore Lions would be looking to bank on the fact that the KKR top order did not fare too well in the match against Chennai. Moreover with Lions’ bowler Eizaz Cheema is in good form, the Knights may just have a tough time.

But Bayliss said the top order had done well in the past and there is no panic situation as of now.

“Top order performed extremely well in the past. That is part of the reason we won the IPL. There is no sort of panic just yet. We know that players in the top order are good players. I am sure they will come good,” said the coach.

Asked about injured Robin Uthappa and Jacques Kallis, who also did not play against Chennai, Bayliss indicated they might be playing soon.

“Kallis is hitting the ball very well in the nets, so is Robin. I think his knees started coming good. So, he won’t be too far away from playing I think,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hobart Hurricanes batsman Aiden Blizzard said having started with a defeat against Kings XI Punjab, his team was keen on winning its match against Cape Cobras tomorrow.

“We lost our first game. Obviously, we are keen to get a win on the board,” he said.

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