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Pietersen, Mahela To Boost Delhi Dardevils Prospects

New Delhi, Apr 9:  Bolstered by the addition of Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene and explosive England batsman Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils would aim to put behind the disappointment of a previous loss and get back
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PTI April 09, 2012 14:02 IST
New Delhi, Apr 9:  Bolstered by the addition of Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene and explosive England batsman Kevin Pietersen, Delhi Daredevils would aim to put behind the disappointment of a previous loss and get back to winning ways when they host Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match here tomorrow.

The Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Daredevils have had contrasting performances in their previous match. While Chennai brushed off their rustiness to thrash Deccan Chargers in style, the Daredevils faltered against an inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore.

But the addition of Jayawardene and Pietersen is expected to give a much-needed boost to Delhi's batting.  Both were in tremendous form during the recently-concluded Test series in Sri Lanka. 

While Jayawardene scored back-to-back centuries, Pietersen roared back to form with a match-winning 151 in the drawn Test series.

Although the format is entirely different, the confidence of the duo being among runs will certainly be a positive that Delhi will look forward to at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium.

Chennai, the most consistent side in the IPL, were beaten fair and square in front of their home crowd by Mumbai in the inaugural match of the season last week, but clawed their way back by outclassing 2009 edition winners Deccan by 74 runs last Saturday.

Ravindra Jadeja proved to an extent his worth with his brilliant allround performance -- 48 off 29 balls and a career-best five for 16 with the ball in Visakhapatnam.  

West Indian Dwayne Bravo and ODI and T20 specialist Suresh Raina's hard-hitting capabilities will also keep the Delhi bowlers in check.
 
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