India is going to face Australia in the third test of the four-match series starting on Thursday, March 16 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. This could possibly be the series decider match as both the teams are levelled 1-1. The team that would go on to win this match could take the unassailable lead in the series. India having won the last match would be high on confidence after winning the last match would like to continue their good form and try to win this match.
On the other hand, Aussies would be looking to capitalise on their mistakes from the last match and try to repeat the performance from the first test match.
Kohli and company would be looking to strengthen the batting lineup as the team has not managed to put up a big total on the board having played the series on their home turf. The bowling unit for the team is working brilliantly. The good news that would excite all the Indians fans is the return of Ashwin after he struggled to pick wickets in the first match. Apart from Ashwin, Jadeja is also in top form.
The team would like to repeat the bowling performance from the last match. However, the big worry for captain Kohli is the poor for of all the batsman in the series. Apart from KL Rahul, no one has performed consistently in the series. Kohli would himself like to get on the scoring board having failed to live up to the expectation in the previous matches. The performance of Rahane and Pujara would have given some relief to the team.
Aussies received the huge blow before the beginning of the match as Stark would not be playing any further part in the series. This would prove a major blow to the hopes of Smith on retaining the trophy. There is no one in the world that bowls with the speed of Stark consistently.
However, there are few positives that Aussies could take from the previous matches like the brilliant performance by Hazelwood and Lyon in the last match. Their bowlers have performed brilliantly in this series. They would also like to put more focus on the batting department.
Now, it remains to be seen that which team goes on to perform brilliantly throughout the match. It could not be neglected that Indians are favourite going into the match after the massive blow to Australia with stark out of the series.
Both the team would keep a keen eye on the pitch as in both the match the pitch was helping spinners a lot. So, it remains to be seen that how the wicket plays throughout the game. But, one thing is for sure that whatever be the outcome both the teams would give everything in the match to win it as it could decide the series.
India vs Australia 3rd Test Prediction
India to win 3rd Test in Ranchi.
India: Virat Kohli(c), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav,
Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Peter Handscomb, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Jackson Bird, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins,