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Australian Test paceman Josh Hazlewood has helped steer Chennai Super Kings into the Indian Premier League playoffs, his three wickets earning him the player of the match award as the men in yellow beat hapless Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets.
After Hyderabad had been inserted by MS Dhoni on Thursday, Hazlewood struck early to get the crucial wicket of England World Cup opener Jason Roy and proved economical as well as menacing as he took 3-24 off his four overs, which featured 13 dot balls that kept the pressure on.
Along with Dwayne Bravo, who took 2-17 off his four overs, including the other prized scalp of Sunrisers' skipper Kane Williamson, Hazlewood's effort did most to keep them down to a relatively flimsy 7-134.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (1-14) also bowled well on a slow and low wicket and snared the wicket of top-scorer Wriddhiman Saha (44) when the batter top-edged a pull to Dhoni behind the stumps.
In reply, Ruturaj Gaikwad (45) and Faf du Plessis (41) featured in a half-century opening stand before Chennai reached 4-139 when Dhoni hoisted six over mid-wicket.
Afghanistan's legspinner Rashid Khan (1-27), who was hammered for a six and four off his first two deliveries by Gaikwad, bowled Moeen Ali in his last over.
Jason Holder (3-27) then dismissed both Suresh Raina and du Plessis in the 16th over before Ambati Rayudu (17 not out) and Dhoni (14 not out) finished off the job.
Chennai have been in prolific form this season and recorded their fourth successive victory since the league resumed in the United Arab Emirates after being suspended due to a COVID-19 outbreak in India in early May.
They missed out on the IPL playoffs last year, but they've rebounded this season with nine wins from 11 games and could even go into playoffs at the top of the table with three league games still in hand.
Hyderabad, out of playoff reckoning and having sidelined their talisman David Warner, are bottom of the table with only two wins from 11 games.