Mumbai: Debutantes Kochi Tuskers Kerela roared back into the Indian Premier League with an upset victory over Mumbai Indians and skipper Mahela Jayawardena hoped the rival teams will take them more seriously now.
The Kochi tuskers chased down an imposing 182-2, set by Mumbai Indians, to open their account in the tournament on Friday and Jayawardena said it was a big win against the IPL 3 runners-up team.
"It was a good win. We were pretty close in the last two games. It is good to finish the game off and it is a big win against Mumbai Indians," the Sri Lankan told reporters after his team notched up their maiden eight-wicket victory here. "It (win) means a lot. All the guys are working really hard. We had an extra session at the nets after the loss against Pune, we showed a lot of characters even in the games we had lost.