The third Test between India and Australia will be played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. The match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1/HD and Star Sports 3/HD available with English and Hindi commentary respectively. The first day’s play will begin at 9:30 am IST. Those of you looking to catch the action online can access Hotstar for free live streaming. India will be looking to establish a 2-1 lead in the Test series after levelling it 1-1 with a 75-run win over Australia in Bengaluru. Also Check- India vs Australia 3rd Test Live Score
The Aussies took the lead in the series after a crushing 333-run opening win in Pune before Virat Kohli’s side bounced back in the second Test, though not without controversy as the India skipper accused Australia of DRS manipulation.
With the series now evenly poised, both sides will be looking to gain the advantage in the series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Also read: India vs Australia 2017 Preview 3rd Test: Virat Kohli’s men look to put Australia on mat
The concern for India, however, is skipper Kohli’s batting form. The Indian skipper has been underwhelming with the bat, scoring a duck, 13, 12 and 15 in the four innings he has played so far — something former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson believes is the reason for his frustration. Also read: India vs Australia: Ranchi braces itself for debut as Virat Kohli-Steven Smith reignite rivalry
The hosts can take confidence from their bowling with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja impressing in the second Test. Murali Vijay also appears to have recovered from a shoulder injury and he should replace Abhinav Mukund to join Lokesh Rahul as India’s openers.