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After 23 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, the points table is evenly poised with the 2008 inaugural champions sitting at the top with four wins from as many games. After the mid-table clash on Tuesday, between Punjab Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad, it was the visiting side that came out victorious by a two-run margin at the Mullanpur Stadium. 

In this article, we will look at the big updates around the IPL 2024 that took place on Tuesday, April 9, but before that, let’s check the matches scheduled for the day.

Today's match preview

Rajasthan Royals vs Gujarat Titans

Rajasthan Royals will take on Gujarat Titans in the 24th match of the IPL 2024 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. With four wins on the trot, Rajasthan Royals have established an early advantage over the rest of the teams in the IPL points table. Meanwhile, after losing two back-to-back matches, Gujarat Titans have suddenly dropped into the lower half of the IPL 2024 standings, needing a win to get their campaign back on track.

Major events around IPL that happened on April 9

IPL 2024: Sunrisers Hyderabad pull off thrilling two-run win over Punjab Kings

Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their winning form after defeating the Punjab Kings in a two-run victory. After being asked to bat first, Hyderabad managed to post a competitive total of 183 runs thanks to Nitish Reddy's 64. Then Punjab nearly chased down the total as Shashank Singh remained not out at 46 but fell shorts by two runs in the end.

IPL 2024: Vijaykanth Viyaskanth replaces Wanindu Hasaranga in SRH squad

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have signed Vijaykanth Viyaskanth as a replacement of Wanindu Hasaranga for the remainder of the IPL 2024. Vijaykanth, a leg-spinner from Sri Lanka, has represented his country in a solitary T20 International so far. He joins the Tata IPL at his base price of INR 50 Lakh. 

Virat Kohli “certain” in India's T20 World Cup 2024 squad: Reports

With the BCCI selectors busy finalising the 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, former India captain Virat Kohli is ‘certain’ in the side. According to a report by Cricbuzz, Kohli is expected to retain his place in the Indian T20 squad for the ICC event. 

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli going as openers will serve India: Brian Lara

Legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara said that the Indian cricketing stars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will make an iconic pair as openers. Lara told Star Sports, “I think Rohit and Virat going as openers to the West Indies (for WC) will serve India very well. Though, I think that you should have some youthful punch in the opening."

CSK crown Ravindra Jadeja as ‘Thalapathy’ after KKR match in IPL 2024

Chennai Super Kings crowned Ravindra Jadeja with a new nickname after his remark in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. In the post-match ceremony, Jadeja joked, ''My title hasn't yet been verified, hopefully they'll give me one." The franchise was quick to reply and minutes later, they posted on X, “Verified as cricket thalapathy”.

WATCH: Shreyas Iyer imitates Sunil Narine’s bowling action in nets

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer was seen imitating star spinner Sunil Narine’s bowling action in the net practice session. The batter copied the Caribbean’s bowling action to perfection, and the video of the same went viral on social media within no time. KKR recently registered their first loss of the season, as they went down to Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets.

Chamari Athapaththu quashes retirement rumours; eyes T20 WC qualifiers

Chamari Athapaththu opened up on her retirement from international cricket. However, the veteran Lankan cricketer quashed all the rumours as she said, "I'm still not decided [on retirement]," in East London. "We can talk about it later. At the moment, I'm focused on the [South Africa] ODIs and the World Cup qualifiers. Let's see in the future," she further added.

Mohammad Hafeez shares cryptic post after PCB announces T20I squad

Former Pakistan cricket captain Mohammad Hafeez shared a cryptic post after Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim received calls from the PCB for the T20I series against New Zealand. A few hours after the announcement, former Team Director Mohammad Hafeez shared a cryptic post on his social media, seemingly taking a dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board. Hafeez tweeted, “#RIP Pakistan domestic cricket”.

Pakistan announces squad for five T20Is against New Zealand

Pakistan's national men's selection committee announced Pakistan’s squad for the five-match series against New Zealand. The team not only saw Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim making their comeback in the team but also has Babar Azam returning to the captaincy. The team also has two uncapped batters, Muhammad Irfan Khan and Usman, who found themselves in the national team after impressive performances in the Pakistan Super League.