India have been dominant in the first two Test matches. On pitches that assist spinners, their ace tweakers in Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have spun a web around Australia and their batters – namely Rohit Sharma and Axar Patel have put on enough runs. The hosts have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but would now want to win this match in Indore and seal their World Test Championship final berth.
Australia, on the other hand, would want to stand tall and fight. They wilted in Delhi and now in the absence of their regular captain Pat Cummins, they have to show their mettle. Steve Smith will lead the side while Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green should make a comeback.
India could well give Shubman Gill the nod to start ahead of KL Rahul and this should be the only possible change from the side that has been utterly dominant.
India vs Australia Predicted XI
India Predicted XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami
Australia Predicted XI
Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matt Kunheman
India vs Australia Match Details
Match: India vs Australia, Test 3
Date & Time: March 1, 9:30 AM
Venue: Holkar Stadium, Indore
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar app
India vs Australia Fantasy Team
Captain – Rohit Sharma
Vice-Captain – Usman Khawaja
Wicketkeeper – KS Bharat
Batters – Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith
All-rounders – Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel
Bowlers – R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy
India vs Australia Indore Weather and Pitch Report
The Holkar Stadium has red soil and we could see plenty of turn and bounce. The middle of the strip is green while the ends look barren. The batters will have to trust their defence and look to attack the spinners. The ground is pretty small and hence, attacking strokeplay could yield a lot of rewards. The weather is set clear and there will be plenty of sun shine that will further break the pitch down. Toss could be a crucial factor here as the pitch will continue to assist spinners as the game progresses.
India vs Australia Match Prediction
India have been sensational in the last two Test matches. They have tremendous depth and with Axar looking the best batter across both sides, their match-winners do not seem to end. Australia have to bat well and try to trust their defence against the Indian spinners. However, India have all the bases covered and they will be a difficult to beat in home conditions.
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