Mohali - India's captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the
first Test against South Africa at the I.S. Bindra stadium in Mohali on
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India went in with three spinners and two fast bowlers on a dry pitch that is expected to break up as the match progresses.
Proteas were without the injured Morne Morkel for the first match in
the four-Test series, allowing promising young fast bowler Kagiso Rabada
to make his debut.
Rabada joins Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander
in a three-man pace attack, supported by two spinners in leg-spinner
Imran Tahir and off-break bowler Simon Harmer.
India: Virat Kohli
(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara,
Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra,
Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron.
South Africa: Hashim Amla (captain), Dean
Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Dane Vilas,
Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir.
Umpires: Kumar Dharamsena (SRI) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
TV umpire: Vineet Kulkarni (IND)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)