After India bounced back strongly against England in the second Test at Chepauk, attention now shifts to Ahmedabad for the third Test. The two sides clash in the highly-anticipated Pink-ball contest at Motera, the largest stadium in the world. Notably, it will be the first international game to be played at the newly-constructed facility. With both the sides playing to keep their WTC finals’ hopes alive, the stage is perfectly set for a high-voltage five-day contest. The key players to watch in the match will be Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Ben Stokes.
When and where will the India vs England 3rd Test start?
The India vs England 3rd Test match begins on February 24, Wednesday until February 28, Sunday at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad.
What time will the India vs England 3rd Test begin?
The India vs England 3rd Test match will begin at 2:30 PM IST.
Where to watch live streaming of India vs England 3rd Test?
The live streaming of India vs England 3rd Test match will be available on Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
Which TV channels will broadcast India vs England 3rd Test?
The India vs England 3rd Test will be broadcast live on Star Sports Network. You can also follow live ball-by-ball updates on SportsTiger app, available on both Google Play store and App Store.
Pitch and conditions:
The Motera Stadium has 11 clay pitches - six made of red soil and five with black soil - in the stadium. It is the first stadium to use both coloured clays for main and practice pitches. In the event of rain, the pitch can be dried in only 30 minutes, courtesy of a state of the art drainage system. The pitch was seen sporting a green look ahead of the 3rd Test but the word is that the grass will be trimmed off before the match, which will provide assistance to spinners. The pink ball swings a lot initially, and both teams will use their swing bowlers to the maximum.
The hosts might come up with a few changes in their bowling line-up for the Pink-ball Test. Kuldeep Yadav is likely to make way for Jasprit Bumrah. Meanwhile, there could be a toss-up between Mohammad Siraj and Umesh Yadav for the third pacer spot. Although Siraj performed fairly well in Chennai, India might opt for the experience of Umesh in Ahmedabad.
There could be a few key changes in the England side as well for the day-night Test at Motera. The fast-bowling duo of Jofra Archer and James Anderson are expected to return for the third Test while Moeen Ali has left for home. However, there could be an interesting choice for the third pacer spot as Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Olly Stone and Mark Wood will compete for the same. In the batting department, Jonny Bairstow might replace Dan Lawrence whereas Zak Crawley could also come in place of Rory Burns.
Probable Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes, Ben Foakes (wk), Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Stuart Broad