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Kochi Tuskers confident of beating Pune Warriors despite defeat in first IPL game


April 13, 2011 - Mumbai

Ahead of their match against Pune Warriors, Kochi Tuskers Kerala captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that his players have gelled well together as a team to play a consistent game in their forthcoming matches.

The two IPL debutants - Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala - will clash against each other in western Pune city on Wednesday (April 13).

Despite Kochi Tuskers' defeat in their first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jayawardene praised the team, saying the team members have fitted in well together.

"Everyone has fitted in well, everybody is identifying their individual roles which is great and you've got a great bunch of players, I mean all the international guys are very enthusiastic, good group of players, as well as the local Indian players, they are very keen on improving themselves, most of them are keen on getting onto the national team... so they are working really hard," said Jayawardene.

Team Kochi lost their first match in the IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Saturday (April 09).

On getting head on with the World Cup 'Man of the Tournament' Yuvraj Singh, Jayawardene said the entire team of Pune Warriors is a challenge, after they played an aggressive game, defeating Kings IX Punjab by seven wickets on Sunday.

"Not only Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) but also I think the entire Pune Warriors...they looked very good the other day. They were very aggressive which is great. I am looking forward to their challenge. We will be playing at their home grounds, so it will be a keen contest. I think Yuvi had great World Cup coming of that so definitely I am up for challenge," he said.

Being a debutant team in the IPL does not scare Jayawardene, as according to him the league is different from the previous ones.

"If you see the entire IPL, all the teams are pretty new except for maybe Mumbai and Chennai who have retained few players and bought the same players from the auction. Apart from that, the entire whole setup has changed. And everyone's strengths and weaknesses are different to the last three IPL.

"So it will take people to adapt to that as well. Even as an opposition, we played Bangalore the other day, looked like we were playing Delhi Daredevils, we had five-six guys in that line up. Teams have changed, so the whole combinations the tactics everything has changed," he said.

The Indian Premier League is witnessing its fourth season.

ANI

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