Team India will look to complete a series whitewash when they lock horns against South Africa in the third Test at JSCA Stadium Complex in Ranchi starting Saturday. Virat Kohli and his troops have already taken a 2-0 lead courtesy of their comprehensive victories in first two Tests in Vizag and Pune respectively. The hosts will now look replicate the performance of first two Tests when they take on Faf du Plessis’ troops in Ranchi. The series may have already been decided but the third Test cannot be called a dead rubber as 40 points are up for grabs in World Test Championship. India, having won the first two matches, are sitting on top of the World Test Championship points table with 200 points. South Africa, on the other hand, are yet to get off the mark.
The pitch is expected to assist the spinners a little more which might prompt India captain Virat Kohli to field an extra spinner in the expense of a fast bowler in the 3rd Test against South Africa. (Here’s the complete pitch report of Ranchi)
Opener Mayank Agarwal has been on a roll in the series and he will be one of the first names on the team sheet for the upcoming Test. Agarwal slammed a majestic double ton in Vizag and followed it up with a century in Pune to cement his place in the side.