The fourth ODI between India and South Africa in Chepauk promises to be a run fest. The 22-yard strip in Chepauk has always been batsman-friendly track and might continue to live up to its reputation for the 4th ODI as well. The only bowlers to get some assistance out of the deck will be the spinners while the pacers will have to bowl out of their skins.

“The No 4 wicket (the centre pitch)  is where international fixtures are usually played at Chepauk. It will be no different this time as well. We are preparing a true wicket with the ball coming on nicely to the bat. We expect a run feast,” a TNCA official in charge of the pitch told TOI.

There was some respite for the spinners as the dew wouldn’t play its part in the 4th ODI. The presence of dew in the subcontinent has often tarnished the hard work of the spinners, who come on to bowl in the second half of the game.  “At this time of the year, we don’t usually have dew. The outfield at Chepauk is lightning fast, and with the wicket expected to favour batsmen, any captain should look to take the first strike,” the official said.

The official also added that the toss would play a very crucial role in the outcome of the game. “Having runs on the board might have the opposition under pressure. In that case, the toss could become crucial,” the official said.

The official was also quick to add that the improvised drainage system in Chennai will mean that a passing shower would not affect the proceedings of the match. “We are not bothered if there’s a half-an-hour shower. The game will be on,” the official said.

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