IND vs ENG, 3rd Test: India and England are currently engaged in a five-match test cricket series. The series is level at 1-1. England got off to a winning start by beating India by 28 runs in Hyderabad. However, the Men in Blue bounced back with a dominating 108-run victory over the Ben Stokes-led team in Vizag.
The third test match begins on February 15th in Rajkot. Spin bowlers from both teams will play a crucial role on the Rajkot pitch. According to a sports report, a rank-turner is likely to be prepared for the Rajkot pitch, which will assist spinners. But batsmen from both teams will also get help from the pitch, allowing them opportunities to score runs.
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The two teams arrived in Rajkot on February 12 to get ready for the third test match. There was a 10-day rest period after the conclusion of the second test match. During the duration of the rest period, the England squad went to Abu Dhabi for a break, while the Indian players returned home to rest up. But now the players are focused and prepared for the upcoming third test.
The visitors have been dealt a major setback, with star spinner Jack Leach set to miss the remaining three test matches due to the injury he suffered in the Hyderabad test. The English management has full faith and confidence in their young spinners, as they have decided not to name a replacement for Leach.
In an interview with Sports Tak, a BCCI official said, “The Rajkot pitch will prove to be an excellent wicket for the upcoming third test. As the match progresses, the spinner will come into play and start dominating the pitch. But apart from the bowlers, batsmen will get more than enough assistance from the pitch as well. Nobody is going to be disappointed with the pitch. But the spinners will receive a little more help from the surface.”
Let us tell you that the third test match will be played between February 15 and February 19. The British surprised all the cricket fans around the world by winning the first test match. But in the second test, the Indians made a strong comeback as they bounced back with a win. At present, the series is tied at 1-1. In the third test, both teams will be eyeing a win and taking the lead.
Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot test match stats
The stadium in Rajkot has been the venue for only two Test matches so far. The average score in the first inning at this ground is 593 runs, and 334 runs in the second inning. The third inning has seen teams score an average of 228 runs, while the average fourth inning score is 172 runs. In one of the two Test matches here, the team batting first won the game, while the other match was drawn.
In total, across the seven innings played in Rajkot, 2483 runs have been scored and 58 wickets taken. Looking at these statistics indicates that for every wicket falling at this ground, an average of 43 runs were scored. This data demonstrates that the pitch at this stadium is very good for batting.
Rajkot pitch statistics and records in test cricket
- The average score by the team batting first in Rajkot is 593 runs.
- Out of the matches played in Rajkot, the team batting first has won one match.
- The chasing team has not won any matches in Rajkot.
- One match played in Rajkot ended in a draw.
The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja have hit triple hundreds on this ground of Rajkot which is also their home venue, showing that the pitch here is very good for batting. When India takes on England in the 3rd Test of IND vs ENG, supporters may witness a high-scoring match as this pitch tends to favor the batsmen.
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