English wagon Ben Stokes has criticized the slow track at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai and hopes that the teams competing in IPL do not finish scraping regularly to low results because of the straps, which are “garbage”.
Stokes, whose IPL stay with the Rajasthan Royals was interrupted by a broken finger, believes that for a pleasant T20 race, the result in the range of 160 to 170 is of paramount importance.
“I hope the wickets don’t get worse as the IPL goes deeper into the tournament. 160/170 at least doesn’t scrape to 130/140 because the wickets are rubbish,” Stokes tweeted after the Mumbai Indians diligently reached 131. for 6, which was pursued by Punjab Kings.
By Friday, Chennai had hosted nine IPL matches, and only twice did the first-team score more than 170.
Once Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a command 204 against Kolkata Knight Riders, and another time KKR scored 187 against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Otherwise, any result in the range of 145 to 150 is good enough to win for teams that fight first.
Chennai will host its last IPL game of the season on Sunday when Delhi Capitals takes over SunRisers Hyderabad before the caravan moves to Ahmedabad and New Delhi.