Series/tournament name: India vs South Africa Tests
Venue: JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. IST
India are at the top of the World Test Championship table and it seems impossible that they won't make the finals two years from now. The hosts have been bullish as usual, exemplary in their execution and impermeable in their batting line-up. Led by Virat Kohli, this Indian team is a beast at home and South Africa have witnessed the juggernaut in full flow in this series so far.
The Proteas have concerns within the team in terms of injury. More importantly, they look dejected and lost. The batting has gone entirely missing, the bowling department has lacked the sting and the whole camaraderie within the team has gone for a toss in the searing heat of Indian conditions and the slick efficiency of this Kohli-led unit.
As with Vizag and Pune, rain forecast is high on all five days. South Africa will hope it saves them the blushes at Ranchi at least.
The pitch is expected to be flat like with the 2016-17 series game against Australia.
Probable Playing XI: