Under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, India won the 2nd test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 against Australia by 8 wickets. The captain performed exceptionally well in both the innings of the match. The century scored by him became one of the winning factors for team India. On the other hand, Australia struggled to keep up with the exceptional bowling performance by Indian Team. Australia was bowled out in 195 runs and 200 runs in the first and second innings of the test match. Mohammed Siraj, who played his first test match in Melbourne, took two wickets in the first innings and three wickets in the match’s second innings. Along with captain Rahane, newcomers Shubham Gill and Mohammed Siraj gave the adrenaline that India needed for the 3rd test match scheduled for January 7, 2021.
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After analyzing the situation and threat of Covid-19, the 3rd test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 between India and Australia will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
It is forecasted that the noon of the 3rd test match between India and Australia will be clear and sunny. Today’s live match prediction reveals zero chances of rain hampering the test match. It is also forecasted that the lack of wind would not affect the ball turns.
The pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground is friendly for both batsmen and bowlers. In the first two or three days, the pitch will be excellent for batting. Since the ground has a dry grass feature, spin bowlers from both teams will get the opportunity to turn the end results of the game. Tune in to today cricket match predictions to know more about pitch reports and statistics.
Expected Playing XI of both the Teams
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, Shubham Gill, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, JasprIt Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Ravichandran Ashwin
India’s Bowling is Expected to Dominate the 3rd Test Match: The bowling line of the Indian team performed well in the 2nd test match. Australian captain Steve Smith was facing difficulty facing the bowling attack by the Indian team. Ravichandran Ashwin specially made it difficult for Smith to score runs. Mohammed Siraj, who debuted his first test match, won the heart of the selectors as he decided to stay for the match even after his father’s death. Since Umesh Yadav is injured, it is expected that India will take in Navdeep Saini for the 3rd test match.
Australia Might Focus on Batting Lineup: After getting decimated by the bowling lineup, Australia’s batting lineup will be looking forward to securing wickets in the 3rd test match and make slow growth in runs throughout the entire innings. It is expected that captain Steve Smith will be making special strategies against the spin bowlers of India Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ajinkya Rahane Will Look Forward for Early Lead: Captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a brilliant century in the test match to give a comfortable lead to India. The captain will be focusing on strengthening the partnership with middle-order batsmen if India loses wicket early. With the pitch being favorable for the spinners, Ajinkya Rahane might keep the spinners as the backup option to bag some crucial wickets in the match.