India vs Australia, 3rd Test at Ranchi
The series is turning out to be a classic with 1-1 score line in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2017 going into the third Test at Ranchi. The game will start on Thursday on 16th March at 10:00 IST.
Virat Kohli will be relieved after winning the second Test at Bengaluru as the host look nowhere in position after being bundled out for less than 200 on Day 1 of the game. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane produced a match-winning partnership on a misbehaving surface to stage a comeback for India in the game. The surface became difficult for batting as the game went on in Bengaluru.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will once again hold the key to India’s chances of scoring big as Australian have done well to keep them quiet in the series. Kohli reached all-time high with the bat after scoring 800 runs against England but had experienced a string of low scores in this series.
Murali Vijay will replace Abhinav Mukund for this game after recovering from an injury that sidelined him for clash at Bengaluru.KL Rahul contributed well with the bat for India in the previous game.
Cheteshwar Pujara at no.3 is our pick for this game to score 80 plus runs at Ranchi. The spin duo of Ravi Ashwin and Ravendra Jadeja did a splendid job for the hosts to produce a hard fought win against Australia. Ashwin proved his class as he destroyed visitors batting lineup to seal a famous win for India. The off spinner Ravi Ashwin is our pick for this game to take atleast 6 wickets in the match.
Australia will need to dig deep to get something out the game at Ranchi as a dry and turning surface awaits them on Thursday. Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh will need to score runs for Australia to give them hope of pulling off a surprise against India in this game.Matt Renshaw has passed the litmus test in the subcontinent with flying colors while David Warner, Peter Handscomb and Matthew Wade will need to produce runs as the side has looked heavily reliant on Smith to do bulk of the scoring in the series.
Steve Smith is tipped to score 50 plus in this game. While Josh Hazlewood will again be our pick for this game as right-arm fast bowler bagged six wickets for Australia in the second innings at Bengaluru.
India will be favorites to win the contest given a dry surface prepared for the game at Ranchi while Australia will hope that they can pull off an upset on the hosts with their bigwigs producing big performances in the game.