South Africa bat against India

NAGPUR: South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on Saturday.

India handed Test caps to Subramaniam Badrinath and Wriddhiman Saha.

South Africa went in with a three-pronged pace attack spearheaded by Dale Steyn and a lone specialist spinner in Paul Harris.

The second and final Test begins in Kolkata on February 14.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, Subramaniam Badrinath, Wriddhiman Saha, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra. 12th man Sudeep Tyagi.

South Africa:
Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Ashwell Prince, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mark Boucher, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn. 12th man: Alviro Petersen.

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) and Steve Davis (AUS)
TV umpire: Amiesh Saheba (IND)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)