After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series, India will be up against South Africa for the third and final test on Saturday. The test match will be played from 19 to 23 October at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) stadium in Ranchi. Early Ranchi weather reports indicate that rain is least likely to interfere with the proceedings on the cricket ground.
As far as reports from the meteorological department are concerned, they state that although it is expected to be overcast throughout the five days, chances of a downpour are very less.
Rains will not play spoilsport
The Ranchi Test is expected to witness all the scheduled overs being bowled on all the days. According to the Indian Standard Time (IST), the cricketing contest will start from 9:30 am onwards. Since the Ranchi weather is expected to be suitable for a game of cricket, fans can expect a closely fought contest.
Second Test match at this venue
Notably, this is only the second Test match which is happening at this venue. Prior to this, it was when the Aussies had come to India in 2017, that they had played Test Cricket in Ranchi. However, that match was not able to produce a result. Batting first, Australia had scored 451 runs. In response, India made 603 runs and declared the innings. After this Australia kept on batting the end of the fifth day and the match consequently ended in a draw.
36 Test matches played between the two countries
The two teams have played as many as 36 Test matches against each other. While India have beaten South Africa in 11 matches, South Africa have proved to be on the winning time on 15 occasions. 10 Test matches featuring these two countries have ended in a draw.