England all-rounder Ben Stokes was unable to hide his disappointment over the slow pitch at Chennai’s Chepak Stadium and expressed concern over the deteriorating pitch here where low-scoring matches could spoil the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Stokes, who played for Rajasthan Royals, has returned home due to a finger fracture during the match against Punjab Kings. They believe that a score of 160 to 170 runs is necessary for a thrilling contest.
After Mumbai Indians team reached 131 for barely six wickets against Punjab Kings, Stokes tweeted, “Hopefully the wickets will not get worse as the IPL progresses.” Scores of 130–140 are being scored due to poor wickets, whereas scores of 160–170 are required.
Chennai hosted nine IPL matches till Friday and the team batting first on only two occasions managed to score over 170. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 204 against Kolkata Knight Riders while Knight Riders scored 187 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.