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Both teams will look to notch up a win to stay ahead in the Playoffs race. © IANS and PTI

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Match 18 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. I am Kaustubh S. Mayekar and I will bring you all the live scores and updates from today’s match. Despite losing the first 2 matches, SRH displayed remarkable show of character and won back to back contests, thanks to David Warner’s heroics with the bat. KXIP, on the other hand, have won only 1 out of the 4 matches they have played so far, placing them at the bottom of the table. If SRH win this encounter, they will jump from No. 6 to No. 2. Full cricket scorecard: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 18, IPL 2016 at Hyderabad

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 146/5 | Overs 17.5 | Moises Henriques 5 (4), Naman Ojha 2 (2): Akshar back into the attack. ONE, tossed up, driven to long off by Ojha. DOT, back of length, punched to mid-wicket. ONE, Henriques crisply drives to long off. ONE, tossed up nicely, Ojha drives again to long off. FOUR, Henriques finishes off in style. SRH win by 5 wickets!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 139/5 | Overs 17 | Moises Henriques 0 (1): Mohit to Morgan. ONE, change of pace, Morgan punches down the ground. WIDE, sliding down the leg side. WIDE, well above Hooda’s head. TWO, lovely drive on up, SRH are strolling towards the target. ONE, driven down the ground. Morgan on strike. FOUR, Morgan picks the slower ball well and smokes it over mid-wicket. OUT, another blinder, Vohra at mid-wicket dives to his right to grab a blinder, Morgan departs. OUT, another one bites the dust, Hooda’s run out, brilliant throw by Miller at mid-wicket.

OUT! Eoin Morgan c Vohra b Mohit Sharma 25 (20)

OUT! Deepak Hooda run out (D Miller) 5 (5)

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 129/3 | Overs 16 | Eoin Morgan 20 (17), Deepak Hooda 2 (3): Rishi to Hooda. DOT, length ball pushed to mid off. ONE, driven crisply to the left of mid on. DOT, play and miss, angled away from Morgan. TWO, slapped to deep cover, easy pickings for Eoin. SIX, Morgan advances down the ground and scythes over long off. ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 119/3 | Overs 15 | Eoin Morgan 11 (12), Deepak Hooda 1(1): Akshar Patel finally into the attack. ONE to mid-wicket by Morgan. Deepak Hooda on strike.  ONE, flighted, pushed to long off. DOT, width on offer, Morgan thought it was a wide. DOT, good ball, spun back in, loud appeal for LBW, Not Out says the umpire. TWO, worked to deep mid-wicket. Only 4 runs off the over.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 115/3 | Overs 14 | Eoin Morgan 8 (8): Rishi to Dhawan. ONE, starts with slower bouncer, Dhawan hooks to deep fine leg. DOT, Eoin works to mid-wicket. ONE, back of length, slapped to deep cover. FOUR, change of pace, short, pulled to deep square leg by Dhawan. DOT, driven on the up to mid off. OUT, Dhawan departs, good comeback by Rishi, Dhawan top edges it to the keeper.

OUT! Shikhar Dhawan c Nikhil Naik b R Dhawan 45 (44) 

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 109/2 | Overs 13 | Shikhar Dhawan 40 (40), Eoin Morgan 7 (7): Abott back into the attack. Dhawan on strike. FOUR, back of length on leg, Dhawan pulls to deep square leg. ONE, short ball, plays square this time on leg side. FOUR, back of length and Morgan spanks back of length past mid on, sweetly timed. ONE, worked length ball to third man. ONE, Dhawan works short ball to long on. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 98/2 | Overs 12 | Shikhar Dhawan 34 (37), Eoin Morgan 2 (3): Sandeep to Dhawan. DOT, length ball on middle, inside edge onto the pads, in the air, falls short of the bowler. DOT, worked to mi don. DOT, change of pace, play and a miss, good bowling by Sandeep. DOT more, 4th consecutive dot ball, good line and length by Sandeep, KXIP need a wicket though. TWO, punched past extra cover.  ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 95/2 | Overs 11 | Shikhar Dhawan 31 (31), Eoin Morgan 2 (3): Maxwell to Dhawan. ONE, driven to long off. Maxwell to Eoin Morgan. ONE, back of length, pulled to long on. ONE, Dhawan looks to keen to rotate the strike. DOT, tossed up, Morgan drives to extra cover. ONE, back of length, cut to short third man. ONE, Dhawan flicks to deep square leg.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 87/2 | Overs 10 | Shikhar Dhawan 28 (28): Sandeep to Dhawan. DOT to start the over. ONE, on Dhawan’s pad, he helps it to deep fine leg. ONE, change of pace, Warner guided to backward square leg. ONE, Dhawan drives fullish ball to long on. OUT, change of pace deceives Warner, he holes out to long on, much needed wicket, KXIP need more wickets to keep their hopes alive. OUT, Aditya Tare goes on a duck, drives length ball to mid off, Tare calls for a quick single, Dhawan sends him back, Tare fails to make his ground in time, double blow for SRH.

OUT! David Warner c D Miller b Sandeep Sharma 59 (31)

OUT! Aditya Tare run out (D Miller) 0 (1)

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 87/0 | Overs 9 | Shikhar Dhawan 26 (25), David Warner 58 (29): Rishi to Warner. DOT, rare sight. FOUR, change of pace, pulled to deep cover, Warner got into the position early. WIDE, way outside off, Warner effect on Rishi. TWO, slow ball, Warner late-cuts it and comes quickly for the second one, brilliant. DOT, powerfully cut to backward point. ONE, back of length, Warner pulls to long on, in the air, falls just short. Dhawan to face the final ball. ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 78/0 | Overs 8 | Shikhar Dhawan 25 (24), David Warner 51 (24): Mohit to Dhawan. WIDE, well above Dhawan’s head. KXIP need couple of wickets to get back in the game. DOT, back of length, Dhawan taps it down. DOT, length ball on middle, Dhawan punches it to the bowler. DOT again, good line and length by Mohit, he’s not letting Dhawan take a single. ONE, tossed up, worked to mid off. Warner on strike. ONE, change of pace, heaved to long on. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 75/0 | Overs 7 | Shikhar Dhawan 24 (19), David Warner 50 (23): Rishi to Dhawan. ONE, back of length, punched to long off. FOUR, change of past, Warner slaps down the ground, that was bludgeoned. ONE, width on offer, guided to third man. ONE, short ball, Dhawan pulls to deep mid-wicket. ONE, Warner reaches his 50 in just 23 balls, he’s in a red-hot form. WIDE, Rishi needs to get his length right, his first game of IPL 9, seems nervous. ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 65/0 | Overs 6 | Shikhar Dhawan 21 (16), David Warner 44 (20): Mohit Sharma to Dhawan. ONE, squeezed length ball to backward square leg. ONE, change of pace, heaved to mid on, quick single. DOT, length ball on middle, Dhawan defends it to mid-wicket. ONE, Dhawan gives the strike to Warner, smart cricket by Dhawan, he knows Dhawan is in ominous touch. FOUR, change of pace and Dhawan places it between point and cover. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 58/0 | Overs 5 | Shikhar Dhawan 19 (13), David Warner 39 (17): Maxwell into the attack. DOT, Dhawan taps it to short third man. ONE, punched to long off. SIX, length ball, Warner makes room and hits over long off, that was brutal. FOUR more, back of length, rocks back and cut past point, he’s on a roll. DOT, tossed up, play and a miss, good comeback by Maxwell. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 47/0 | Overs 4 | Shikhar Dhawan 18 (11), David Warner 29 (13): Abott to Dhawan. TWO backward square leg. ONE, guided to third man. Warner on strike. FOUR, Warner smokes short ball to deep mid-wicket, vintage Warner on a rampage. ONE, back of length, worked to third man. Dhawan on strike. ONE + 4 overthrows, Dhawan taps back of length ball, keepers throws at the non-striker’s end, no one to back up. FOUR more, no stopping Warner tonight.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 30/0 | Overs 3 | Shikhar Dhawan 10 (8), David Warner 20 (10): Sandeep to Warner. SIX, pitched up outside off, Warner gets on his knees and scythes over deep cover. ONE, length ball, Warner squeezes it. DOT again, worked straight to the bowler. SIX, Warner goes down town, half volley, stand and deliver. TWO, short ball, smoked it to deep mid-wicket. FOUR, on Warner’s pads and he flicks past fine leg.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 12/0 | Overs 2 | Shikhar Dhawan 10 (8), David Warner 2 (4): Kyle Abott to Dhawan. DOT, back of length, Dhawan nicely defends it. ONE, back of length on leg, Dhawan squeezes it to deep fine leg. DOT, short, Warner punches it to cover point. ONE, Warner guides it to third man, both batsmen are playing with caution. DOT, inside edge over the stumps, Dhawan’s lucky to survive. FOUR, slightly pitches up and Dhawan murders it on the off side.

Live cricket score update | Sunrisers Hyderabad 6/0 | Overs 1 | Shikhar Dhawan 5 (4), David Warner 1 (2): Sandeep Sharma to Warner. ONE, shaped away, Warner guides it to third man. DOT, shaped away, back of length, Dhawan works it to point. DOT, half volley, shaped away, Dhawan lets it go. FOUR, Dhawan dissect mid on and extra cover, perfect placement. ONE, Dhawan guides it to third man. DOT to finish the over!

*SRH innings*

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 143/6 | Overs 20 | Akshar Patel 36 (17), Rishi Dhawan 3 (2): Mustafizur to bowl the last over. TWO, off cutter on off, Naik flicks to deep mid-wicket. OUT, change of pace, in the air, Henrqiues at long on runs forward, gets under it and makes no mistake. DOT, play and miss, none of the batsman have picked Mustafiz’s magical off cutters. ONE, right in the block hole, excellent bowling, Akshar works to long on. TWO, full on off, Rishi Dhawan clears his front leg and plays to the right of long on. ONE, juicy full toss, Rishi miscues it to long on. SRH need 144 runs to win.

OUT! Nikhil Naik c Henriques b Mustafizur 22 (28) 

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 137/5 | Overs 19 | Akshar Patel 35 (15), Nikhil Naik 20 (26): Bhuvneshwar to Naik. ONE, low full toss, Naik drives to long on. SIX, change of pace and Akshar clears his leg and scythes down the ground, flat maximum. TWO, slower ball outside off, lofted over cover. ONE, right in the block hole, played late to point. ONE, low full toss, heaved to long on by Naik, KXIP need to go big, clear the rope often. FOUR, Akshar has been at his destructive best tonight.

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 122/5 | Overs 18 | Akshar Patel 22 (11), Nikhil Naik 18 (24): Barinder to Naik. ONE, pitched up, scythed down the ground, brilliant stop at the boundary line by Warner. ONE, change of pace, worked on the leg side. TWO to extra cover. ONE, Naik pushes it to long off, KXIP need more boundaries now. ONE, Akshar heaves fulling delivery to deep mid-wicket. ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 115/5 | Overs 17 | Akshar Patel 20 (9), Nikhil Naik 13 (20): Bhuvneshwar to Akshar. ONE, driven to long off. ONE, Naik don’t seem to time the ball tonight. ONE, leg byes. SIX, Akshar is on song, meaty blow of long on, what connection. ONE, low full toss, driven down the ground. ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 105/5 | Overs 16 | Akshar Patel 12 (6), Nikhil Naik 12 (17): Mustafizur to Naik. Starts with a a DOT. DOT again, play and a miss, Naik has no clues about Mustafiz’s wily off cutters. DOT, right in the black hole, brilliant cricket. ONE, Ankit gives strike to Akshar. ONE, in the block hole again. DOT to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 103/5 | Overs 15 | Akshar Patel 11 (5), Nikhil Naik 11 (12): Henriques to Akshar. TWO, punches to deep cover. ONE, change of pace, flicked to deep mid-wicket. Naik on strike. WIDE, way outside off. ONE, worked to mid-wicket. ONE, slower ball on shorter side, pulled to deep mid-wicket. ONE, Naik works to point, KXIP need boundaries at this stage. SIX, what a shot, straight over the sight scree, Akshar breaks the shackles.

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 90/5 | Overs 14 | Akshar Patel 1 (1), Nikhil Naik 9 (10): Mustafizur back into the attack. Marsh on strike. DOT, change of pace to start with, Marsh nicely defends it. DOT, fullish, driven to long off. OUT, Marsh departs, lethal off cutter into the play, deceives Marsh, looks to flick but gets trapped in the front. Axar Patel the next batsman. DOT, yorker, Axar does well to defend it. DOT, change of pace, play and a miss. ONE to finish the over!

OUT! Shaun Marsh lbw b Mustafizur 40 (34)

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 89/4 | Overs 13 | Shaun Marsh 40 (31), Nikhil Naik 9 (8): Hooda to Marsh. SIX, flighted, Marsh shimmies down the track and spanks it over long on. ONE, in the black holes outside off, in the air, tough chance for backward point. DOT to short third man, Naik looks for a quick single. WIDE + 1, sliding down the leg side. Marsh on strike. TWO, back of length, hit to deep point. DOT, tossed up, worked to the bowler.  ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 77/4 | Overs 12 | Shaun Marsh 30 (26), Nikhil Naik 9 (7): Henriques to Naik. ONE, yorkers, Naik does well to defend it. DOT, back of length, Marsh works it to backward point, he’s eyeing short third man gap. ONE, Marsh powerfully pulls to deep mid-wicket. FOUR, wonderful placement, waited for the ball and cut past short third man, Naik has been impressive so far. DOT to mid-wicket. DOT to finish the over.

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 71/4 | Overs 11 | Shaun Marsh 29 (24), Nikhil Naik 4 (3): Barinder Sran to Marsh. ONE, tucked to square leg. TWO, pitched up, crisply driven to deep cover, Naik gets off the mark. ONE, Naik gives the strike to Marsh. DOT, shaped away from Marsh, works it to backward point. ONE, change of pace, Marsh pulls to deep mid-wicket. ONE to finish the over!

Live cricket score update | Kings XI Punjab 65/4 | Overs 10 | Shaun Marsh 27 (21): Henriques to Miller. Starts with a DOT. OUT, another one bites the dust, off cutter, width on offer, Millers tries to cut and edges it to the keeper. Enter Glenn Maxwell. ONE, perfect yorker, Maxwell gets his bat down in right time. DOT, change of pace, play and a miss, Shawn needs to play with caution. ONE, slower ball, Shawn pulls to deep mid-wicket. OUT, Maxwell disappoints once again, flicks back of length ball straight to deep fine leg.

OUT! David Miller c N Ojha b Henriques 9 (11) 

OUT! Glenn Maxwell c Mustafizur b Henriques 1 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 63/2 in 9 Overs. BATTING: David Miller 9 (9), Shaun Marsh 26 (19): Hood to Miller. Starts with a DOT. SIX, Marsh gives a charge and scythes it over long on. FOUR, a bit short, Marsh rocks back and cuts elegantly past backward point. ONE, pushed to long on. DOT, back of length, pushed to the bowler. ONE to finish the over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 51/2 in 8 Overs. BATTING: David Miller 8 (7), Shaun Marsh 14 (14): Henriques into the attack. ONE, Miller guides it to mid-wicket. ONE, back of length, worked to mid-wicket again. FOUR, Miller breaks the shackles, pulls back of length ball to deep square leg. ONE, powerfully cut to deep cover. Marsh on strike. FOUR, width on offer, Marsh reads it well, Marsh cuts past point, terrific placement. ONE to finish the over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 39/2 in 7 Overs. BATTING: David Miller 2 (4), Shaun Marsh 9 (12): Hooda to Marsh. ONE to long off. DOT, Miller defends a flighted ball to cover. ONE, quick single, good call by Marsh, Miller responds well. ONE, Marsh punches it to long on. ONE, KXIP are dealing in single now, they need to stitch a crucial partnership. DOT to finish the over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 35/2 in 6 Overs. BATTING: David Miller 0 (1), Shaun Marsh 7 (9): Mustafizur into the attack. Vohra on strike. DOT, pitched up outside off, Vohra makes room and tries to spanks over cover, makes no contact. DOT, off cutter comes into play, deceives Vohra, play and a miss. DOT, brilliant bowling by the bowler, mounting pressure on the batsman. DOT, right in the block hole, Mustafizur is mixing it up well. OUT, change of pace, Vohra tries to close the phase of the bat, eventually works it to the cover, looks for an extra single, Marsh sends him back, Dhawan aims at the striker’s end, Vohra falls short. DOT to finish the over!

OUT! Manan Vohra run out (Dhawan) 25 (23) 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 34/1 in 5 Overs. BATTING: Manan Vohra 25 (18), Shaun Marsh 7 (9): Barinder to Marsh. ONE to mid-wicket. TWO, pitched up on off, Vohra clears his leg and lofts over cover point. TWO, back of length, guided to third man, quick running between the wickets. FOUR, Vohra pulls past fine leg, he’s looking in good touch tonight. FOUR more, short again, Vohra picks it up early and smacks over extra cover. ONE to finish the over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 21/1 in 4 Overs. BATTING: Manan Vohra 12 (13), Shaun Marsh 6 (8): Deepak Hooda to Marsh. DOT, tossed up, worked to the bowler. DOT, back of length, cut to point. ONE, flighted on off, pushed to long off. DOT, Vohra tries to paddle sweep, fails to connect. DOT, tossed up on leg, driven to the bowler. WIDE, sliding down the leg side. DOT to finish the over!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 19/1 in 3 Overs. BATTING: Manan Vohra 12 (10), Shaun Marsh 5 (5) — Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off with a wicket, as Murali Vijay goes for a cut, but a faint edge to the keeper ends his innings, as Shaun Marsh makes his way in. The second ball results in a dot, followed by another dot. The fourth ball is again a dot, followed by a boundary off Marsh towards covers, as the over ends with a single.

OUT! Mural Vijay c Naman Ojha b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: KXIP 14/0 in 2 Overs. BATTING: Manan Vohra 12 (10), Murali Vijay 2 (2) — Barinder Sran starts off the second over with a dot, followed by another, as the third ball is dispatched for SIX by Vohra over cover boundary. The fourth ball results in a dot again, followed by another, as the over ends with a dot as well.

David Warner has been in an ominous touch in this season of IPL. With 235 runs under his belt, he is placed at No. 3 in the Orange Cap list. However, SRH have been heavily relying on the captain to provide impetus and take them over the line. Good news for SRH is that their ace opener Shikhar Dhawan found his feet against Gujarat Lions (GL) and scored an unbeaten 41-ball 53. But what’s been keeping them ahead of the opposition is their fiery and wily bowling attack. With the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Barinder Sran in their ranks, SRH have been dismantling opposition’s defence as well as keeping lid on the runs. IPL 2016 Schedule, Time Table, Fixture PDF Download

On the other hand, KXIP, have lacked solidity as well as clarity in their approach. Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra have been laying strong foundation for the middle order but none of the batsmen could step up and take the charge. When it comes to bowling, they failed to scalp wickets at regular intervals and mount pressure on the opposition. All in all, it promises to be a beauty of a contest, as both teams will look to notch up a win to stay ahead in the Playoffs race.

TOSS UPDATE: SRH win toss and elect to bowl.

Playing XI: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Murli Vijay, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller (c), Shaun Marsh, Axar Patel, Nikhil Naik (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Kyle Abbott, Sandeep Sharma

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan,  Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Naman Ojha (wk), Aditya Tare, Deepak Hooda, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran

Squads:

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner (c), Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Shikhar Dhawan, Siddharth Kaul,  Moises Henriques, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Deepak Hooda, Mustafizur Rahman, Aditya Tare (wk), Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Vijay Shankar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Tirumalasetti Suman

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Anureet Singh, David Miller (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mohit Sharma, Farhaan Behardien, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Rishi Dhawan, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Abbott, Nikhil Naik, Swapnil Singh, Cariappa, Pardeep Sahu, Armaan Jaffer

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