Headline • Bollywood celebs urges their fans to donate for Kerala flood• Kerala flood: Death toll rises to 324, fresh red alert in 13 districts of Kerala• Former PM Vajpayee cremated with full state of honours in Smriti Sthal• People pays tribute during Varanasi's ganga arti to Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee• Bollywood celebs took twitter to express their pain on Former PM's demise • Mortal remains of Former PM Vajpayee being taken to Smriti Sthal • As a mark of respect, several states declares public holiday on Atalji's demise• Neighbouring country Pakistan pays tribute to Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee• Huge crowd gathers at BJP HQ, pays tribute to the mortal of former PM Vajpayee• PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi and others visited Vajpayee's residence, pays tribute• The Former PM and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93• Truck crushes bike rider to death in Uttar Pradesh• Gujarat's Sterling Biotech owner held in Dubai for 5000 cr fraud case• Gold and Satyameva Jayate records their highest day 1 collecttion, at the box office• Former Indian test captain Ajit Wadekar passes away at 77• School van carrying 25 childrens over-turns in farm, in Hamirpur• In Kaabul suicide bombing, 47 died and 67 injured• Vajpayee's condition worsens, leaders continue to visit ailing Former PM AT AIIMS • Kerala flood: death toll rises to 72,Kochi airport shut for four days• Kerala on red alert: CM Vijayan asks Rajnath for additional teams of Army, NDRF• Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's condition critical, put on life support system• United States praises India for becoming a leading Global power• First poster of Kangana's "Manikarnika" is out on Independence day• In UP students of Islamic institute hosts flag on Independence day• CM Rawat hosts National flag on 72nd independence day in Uttrakhand

1st Test: India win toss,choose to bat against South Africa

Mohali: India Test Team captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the first match of their four-test series against South Africa on Thursday being played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh.

Kohli, who turned 26 today, believes winning the toss doesn't mean the Test match is over.

India are going with spinners and Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the spin attack with leg-spinner Amit Mishra and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who returns to the Indian side after a gap of almost 15 months. Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are the fast bowlers.

Regular openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have returned to the team after both batsmen suffered injuries during India's last test series in Sri Lanka. They replaced Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul. Cheteshwar Pujara will bat at number three. On the other hand, South Africa will be without the services of Morne Morkel and JP Duminy.  The 20-year-old fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is making his Test debut for South Africa.

"Looks like a pretty good wicket to bat on day one. Just going to look to capitalise on the best batting conditions that are available on day one," Kohli said at the toss.

"Not a bad start. Hopefully we will bat well and it will be a better birthday," he added.

The four-match Test series was preceded by T20I and One-Day International (ODI) series. South Africa won both the series’ and now will be looking to cap off their India tour with a series win in Tests as well.

The Proteas are ranked number 1 in ICC rankings for Tests while India are at 5th spot.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav

South Africa: Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers, Dane Vilas (w), Vernon Philander, Simon Harmer, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir (Writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Greg Stutchbury)

Related News