Ahmedabad: The third match of the four-game test series between India and England will be played at Motera, Ahmedabad, the world’s largest cricket stadium. This match will be played tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Teams India and England are tied 1-1 in the test series.
Motera stadium has been prepared in a new way and the pitch here is completely new for the Indian team. So far, the Indian team have only played two pink ball test matches.
The first test played in Adelaide against Australia (Australia) in December last year was played with a pink ball, where the Indian team suffered a crushing defeat. The Indian team was reduced to just 36 points in the second set, which is the lowest score in their testing history.
It is possible that India will change the strategy of playing three spinners in the team for the third test. In the first two tests in Chennai, the Indian team played three spinners. In the day-night test played so far, most of the wickets are jerks from the fast bowlers. In India’s first day-night test against Bangladesh, Ravindra Jadeja played two and Ravichandran Ashwin only played five assists.
The Indian team would not like to take any risks and avoid defeat. Losing Team India in one of the next two tests may make it difficult for them to reach the WTC final. India must win the next two tests and capture the series to reach the final. Bumrah’s game is considered fixed.
Umesh Yadav passed his fitness test and that’s good news for India. In such a situation, Kuldeep Yadav can be excluded from the eleven players. Umesh and Ishant had dismissed Bangladesh twice in six sessions in the first day-and-night test match played in Calcutta, but England have players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Johnny Bairstow who will pose a tall order.
Hardik Pandya has been included in the test team to reduce bowlers’ workload, but it is not clear whether the team will consider him ready for the test match.