IPL 2021: Ben Stokes lambasts Chepauk track, says 'trash' wickets will have teams scraping to low scores
Stokes, whose IPL stint with Rajasthan Royals was cut short by a fractured finger, feels that for an enjoyable T20 contest, a score in the range of 160 to 170 is paramount.
Mumbai could only score 131 for nine against Punjab, who chased it down rather comfortably.
Facing bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals, who have been the most inconsistent team so far in the season, KKR will be desperate for a turnaround.
The Chepauk track has hosted a lot of cricket in recent months with India taking on England in two Test matches in February, followed by the initial leg of the ongoing IPL.
India vs England: Chepauk, Motera two of 'the hardest pitches I've kept on,' says visitors' Ben Foakes
India have put England on the mat with a couple of tracks which aided the home spinners as Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel ran riot, giving India a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
Anderson doesn't expect the pitch to behave much differently from the second Test track at the Chepauk which India won by 317 runs.
India vs England: Rohit Sharma defends Chepauk pitch, says every team has right to extract home advantage
Rohit, who hit a dazzling 161 in the second Test in Chennai, said he hardly bothers about type of pitches while batting.
India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara says it is difficult to predict how SG pink ball will behave under lights
India do not have a lot of experience with the pink-ball, having played just two games.
Hussain also said England batsmen will have to find a way to score and not just defend though the pitch looked extremely difficult.
Ashwin prides himself on being a master craftsman, but hates being unidimensional. Perhaps in some ways, his restlessness acted against his best interest for a brief while, but since when has trying to be better become a crime?
India vs England: Joe Root refuses to blame rotation policy, team selection after defeat in second Test
England's rotations policy, which saw them rest influential players such as James Anderson and Jos Buttler, has been slammed by many former stars of the game.
When your skills are found wanting as much as England’s were, or as superior as India’s were, there’s only so much blame you can rest on the playing conditions.
After the series-levelling win at Chepuak, India have 69.7 percentage of points (PCT) and 460 aggregate points, behind New Zealand who have already qualified for the WTC final to be held at the Lord's June.
Debutant Patel made full use of favourable conditions to bag 5 for 60 in 21 overs while Ashwin finished with a match-haul of eight wickets, not to forget his classy hundred with the bat, demolishing England for a paltry 164 on the fourth day in pursuit of an impossible 482-run target.
India vs England: Visitors' spin consultant Jeetan Patel says his players know it's going to spin in sub-continent
England were struggling at 53 for 3 in pursuit of an improbable 482 to win at the end of the third day which saw Ravichandran Ashwin score his fifth Test ton
India vs England: We never complain when given green tops overseas, mindset needs a change, says Axar Patel
The likes of former England captain Michael Vaughan termed the Chepauk pitch, used for the second Test, as "under-prepared"
Kohli and Ashwin laid the pitch-talk to rest through their brilliant batting on Day 3 of the 2nd India vs England Test in Chennai.
Ashwin's century and his partnership of 96 runs with India skipper Virat Kohli helped India build a huge second innings lead.
India vs England: Would love to credit batting coach Vikram Rathour, says R Ashwin after fifth Test ton
Amid the chatter around the challenging Chepauk pitch, Ashwin came in at number eight and showed everyone how to bat on a deteriorating surface with an excellent century, putting India on the brink of a series-levelling victory in the second Test against England.
India vs England: Shut since 2012, Chepauk to open its three 'disputed' stands to spectators during second Test
The three stands were sealed after the 2011 World Cup owing to various issues, depriving the city the opportunity to host matches at various events, including the World T20 in 2016 and the IPL final in 2019.