Team India will hope to keep up their winning streak when they play South Africa in the third and the final Test of the series in Ranchi starting from October 19 (Saturday). Virat Kohli & Co are currently at the top of the points table and will be desperate to extend their lead at the top.

The host will be mighty happy with their fast bowler’s effort in the last two Test matches. The likes of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have bowled their heart out and once again proved that they are the best lot the country has produced. Besides, the spinners have been of top-class throughout the series.

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Meanwhile, India batters have been dominant and have set up the victory putting big totals in the first innings. They will hope to do the same in Ranchi and put South Africa out of the game as they did in the last two games.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. Credit: BCCI

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South Africa, on the other hand, will have a lot to ponder before the start of the game. They are likely to make a few changes along with shuffling in the batting order. Zubair Hamza will get his first game of the tour with Aiden Markram ruled out with a forced injury.

The bowlers have also been less effective as compared to their Indian counterpart. They need to find out ways to outplay the in-form Indian batsman which boasts the likes of in-form Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Mayank Agarwal.

Date and Place: India vs South Africa 3rd Test, October 19 at 09:30 AM IST in Ranchi

Weather Forecast

According to the MeT department, the weather will remain clear throughout the five days of the match. Though there will cloud cover for sure, which will come in handy for the fast bowlers.

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Playing XI

India: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

Ravichandran Ashwin. Credit: AP

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South Africa: Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi

Match Prediction

Although the series is done and dusted, India will not be complacent and will hope to inflict a whitewash over the visitors to strengthen their grip at the top of the ICC World Test Championship.

With the conditions once again favouring the spinners, the host will start as the favourites and in all likelihood will take the game home to win the series 3-0.