India Vs Australia Third Test at Ranchi
Question in detailIndia Vs Australia third Test, Ranchi: While India will be eyeing to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series, a win for Australia will help them retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Even if the series is level 1-1 now, the pressure is on the home side rather than the visitors in the third game, reckons off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
The second Test in Bangalore turned out to be a riveting one, wherein the hosts made a late comeback despite being trailed by 87 runs in the first innings. India's hard-nosed, aggressive return helped them level the series 1-1. Once the pendulum swung to India's side in the second Test, bowlers kept taking wickets at regular interval thus lambasting the visitors by 75 runs. Going into the next Test in Ranchi, India has concerns to worry about, with major one being the top and middle order failure with bat. So, they would need an improved batting show to become the winner of IND Vs AUS 3rd Test.
The visitors would look to come back hard in India Vs Australia third Test, commencing on March 16. But, they will take the field without three of their key players, including all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, pace spearhead Mitchell Strac and also Nathan Lyon, who had a split callus on his spinning figure during the second Test. The visitors might miss their lead spinner Nathan Lyon, who picked up career-best figures (8 for 50) in the first innings of the Bangalore Test. A finger injury casts doubts over Lyon's availability in Ranchi Test. If the touring side wants to become the winner of IND Vs AUS 3rd Test, they have to overcome their injury woes first, making like-for-like replacements.
Will Kohli & Co. take an indomitable lead winning out the third Test against Australia?