India vs South Africa – 3rd Test Match Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is India vs South Africa taking place? Saturday, October 19th (04:00 UK time)

Where is India vs South Africa taking place? JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi

What is the expected weather for India vs South Africa? 28c with cloud across the five days but rain unlikely

What channel is India vs South Africa on? This match will be televised live in the UK on Star Gold HD (Sky channel 717)

Where can I stream India vs South Africa? This match will be streamed live on the SkyGo app

Where can I get tickets for India vs South Africa? Tickets for this match can be purchased here

LAST MEETING
India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

  • India come into this third Test having already sealed the series after winning the opening two matches, and they will be keen to wrap up the whitewash in Ranchi and pick up further points to consolidate their position at the top of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.
  • Following the two comprehensive victories, there is little reason for Virat Kohli and the selectors to change the winning formula although they may use this match to rotate their pack and rest Ravi Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja who have bowled a lot of overs in the opening two Tests.
  • Mohammed Shami may be another bowler to be handed a rest with Umesh Yadav likely to get another start after taking three wickets in each innings of the second Test, while Kuldeep Yadav may be handed a rare opportunity in this format of the game to get some overs under his belt and Shubman Gill could be drafted into the side in the middle order.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa are in a fair degree of disarray coming into this third and final Test match in India as they have so many players out of form and after spending long spells in the field, some of their veterans are struggling against this relentless Indian side.
  • They have been dealt an injury blow with the news that Keshav Maharaj has been ruled out so left-arm spinner George Linde has flown in to replace him and there will likely be a fair number of further changes for this final Test before the ODI matches commence.
  • Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma and even skipper Faf du Plessis are all under pressure right now to find some form, while there is a chance that Vernon Philander could be handed a rest as Lungi Ngidi, Heinrich Klaasen, and Zubayr Hamza could all come into the line-up here.

THE PREDICTION

India have now won their last 11 Test series on home turf after they won the second Test and they will be keen to seal the whitewash here. They are in formidable form right now as they have a batting line-up that is relishing facing the South African bowlers who look incredibly flat, while their bowlers have the edge over the tourists’ fragile batting line-up. There is every chance that South Africa will make some changes to their eleven for this game in an attempt to spark a revival but that is unlikely to pay off. Their players are finding it difficult in these conditions whereas the hosts look completely comfortable and dominant. Another victory is on the cards for Virat Kohli’s men.

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