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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)

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