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They have made changes all season but finally the ones made for a match came good as Mumbai Indians got off the mark for the 2022 season by defeating Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League match at DY Patil Stadium Navi Mumbai on Saturday.

Kartikeya Kumar, a left-arm mystery spinner who was drafted into the squad recently, and Tim David, who was brought back into the batting lineup, provided telling contributions as MI ended their 8-match losing streak with a 5-wicket win.

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma, two of the best MI batters of the season, put up a superb third wicket partnership that seemed to put MI on cruise control but they were dismissed in the space of three balls to cause some nerves to the dugout, with birthday boy Rohit Sharma anxiously looking on.

But David’s cameo at the end was critical to take MI home.

For RR, Jos Buttler recovered from a sluggish start to score a 52-ball 67 as Royals scored 158/6. But with dew setting in later on, things got easier for batting and even a struggling MI lineup couldn’t mess this chase up though they tried their best with a stumble towards the finish line. The second highest scorer…

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Abdul Gh Lone