cricket wrap up march 4

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With international cricket being played in full swing, while Rohit Sharma-led Team India will host England in the final Test of the five-match series, the New Zealand will host Australia for the final Test in Christchurch. Bangladesh on the other side is hosting Sri Lanka for a multi-format series, which saw the hosts lose by three runs in the first T20I in Sylhet. Moreover, the WPL will also move to Delhi after the successful completions of the Bengaluru leg on Monday. 

Here in this article, we’ll look at all the big news that took place on Monday, March 4, but before that, let’s check the matches scheduled for the day.

WPL 2024: Delhi Capitals Women vs Mumbai Indians Women

After the successful completion of the first leg of the WPL 2024, action will now shift to the Arjun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. The first match to be played at the venue would be between home favourites Delhi Capitals Women and the reigning champions Mumbai Indians Women. Delhi and Mumbai would enter into the game on the back of three wins and one loss in the last four games. Both teams have had a successful inaugural season in one of the biggest women’s leagues and have continued their dominance in the new season. 

PSL 2024: Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi

Mohammad Rizwan-led Multan Sultans will take on Babar Azam’s Peshawar Zalmi in Match 21 of the PSL 2024. The match is scheduled to be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi from 7:30 p.m. IST. Notably, both the teams are coming off contrasting results in their respective last matches. While the Peshawar Zalmi lost to Islamabad United by 29 runs, the Multan Sultans beat Karachi Kings. 

Major cricket events that happened on March 4

Smriti Mandhana's onslaught helps RCB Women beat UPW by 23 runs 

Smriti Mandhana-led Royal Challengers Bangalore Women ended their two-game losing streak with a dominant win against the UP Warriorz on Monday at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. In the last WPL match of the season in Bengaluru, the home side sealed the victory as skipper Smriti Mandhana displayed a spectacular innings to help RCB-W register a 23-run victory.

MS Dhoni drops ‘new role’ post ahead of IPL 2024

CSK skipper MS Dhoni dropped a ‘new role’ post less than three weeks ahead of the IPL 2024. In his Facebook post, Dhoni wrote, "Can't wait for the new season and the new 'role'. Stay tuned!" The former captain didn’t clarify the role he was talking about, but the post went viral within no time, leading to speculations among fans. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad name Pat Cummins as their captain for IPL 2024

Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, March 4 announced World Cup winning captain Pat Cummins as their captain for IPL 2024. The Australian pacer who was acquired for INR 20.5 Crore in the IPL 2024 mini-auction, will replace Aiden Markram at the helm, who led the side in the last two seasons, but without any significant success. 

Devon Conway to miss initial phase of IPL 2024

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been handed a massive blow ahead of IPL 2024. Star New Zealand batter Devon Conway is set to miss the initial phase of IPL 2024 as he will undergo a thumb surgery this week. As conveyed by the New Zealand Cricket, this surgery requires a likely recovery period of at least eight weeks.

UP Warriorz draft Uma Chetry to replace injured Vrinda Dinesh

UP Warriorz’s Vrinda Dinesh is ruled out of the remainder of the WPL 2024 after suffering a shoulder injury. Replacing Dinesh, UP Warriorz have signed wicket-keeper batter Uma Chetry as a replacement at her reserve price of INR 10 Lakh. Uma was also a part of the India A Emerging squad that won the ACC Emerging Women’s Asia Cup 2023.

KL Rahul to be fit for IPL 2024: Reports

KL Rahul is all set to mark his return to competitive cricket after recovering from a quadriceps injury. Recent reports have claimed that he is expected to receive the Return to Play certificate soon. "He returned to India on Sunday and has checked into the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for rehab. He should get the Return to Play certificate from the NCA soon,” a source told TOI.

Rajasthan Royals unveil jersey for IPL 2024

Royals Sports Group-owned Rajasthan Royals on Sunday revealed their much-awaited official matchday jersey for the upcoming IPL 2024 season which is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of the warriors who have emerged from the state of Rajasthan in the past, and also the ones continuing to serve society across all walks of life in the present times.