Indian Test skipper, Virat Kohli won the toss and India will bat first in the first Test against the rampaging South African team in Mohali being played from Nov 5-9, 2015.
The match start time is 9:30 a.m. India time.
Virat Kohli thinks the pitch is good for batting and that the reason he chose to bat first. As speculated before the match starts, there are no four spinners in the Indian playing XI.
He said after winning the toss the pitch looks good for batting on day one and he is looking to capitalise on it. No Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Stuart Binny for this match.
Ishant Sharma misses out because of a one Test ban. Virat wants his batsman to bat well today and make his birthday today better.
Day 1 report:
India 201 all-out
South Africa: 28/2
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For the visitors, Rabada will make his Test debut today. Bavuma and Piedt were not included in the playing XI and they miss out. Morne and JP are out because of injury.
The squads are:
South Africa: Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.
Star Sports TV channel is broadcasting the series live in India. The Ind vs SA live streaming online can be watched at the official website of Star Sports here.
After winning the t20 and the ODI series, the Proteas are on a high as all their players are in top form and raring to go in the longest format of the game too.
India, who have lost just one series in the last 11 years at home, have to work hard to retain the series.
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