Ind vs SA, 1st Test
India will lock horns with South Africa in the first Test of the three-match series on Wednesday at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. India will look to continue their winning momentum in the ongoing World Test Championship after whitewashing West Indies in the Carribean last month to square off their campaign on an emphatic note.
TOSS UPDATE | Indian skipper Virat Kohli wins toss and elects to bat first. Here's how the two Playing XIs look like:
IND XI: Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
SA XI: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Vernon Philander, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada
India defeated South Africa 3-0 in their last Test meeting at home. Faf du Plessis will be returning to lead the visitors after the missing the three-match T20I series which ended in a 1-1 draw. The onus will be on Du Plessis, Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram to counter India's formidable bowling attack in their own backyard.
Youngster Temba Bavuma was impressive in the T20I series and will be looking to make his mark in the whites for the visitors. Meanwhile, the Indian batting line-up will have their task cut out against South Africa's potent pace attack consisting the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Vernon Philander. India will rely heavily on their top-order to fire with Rohit Sharma all set to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal.
It will be a litmus test for Rohit, who has been trusted to take the opening slot and replicate his white-ball form in the longest format of the game in KL Rahul's absence. Rishabh Pant has also been sent out a warning after being replaced by Wriddhiman Saha for the opener following a string of poor performances.
Here's all you need to know about India vs South Africa 1st Test:
When and what time will India vs South Africa 1st Test be played?
The first Test match between India and South Africa will be played on 02nd October. The match starts at 9:30 AM IST.
Where will India vs South Africa 1st Test match be played at?
The India vs South Africa 1st Test match will be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
Which channel will telecast the India vs South Africa 1st Test match?
The India vs South Africa 1st Test match will be aired live on Star Sports network.
How to watch the live streaming of India vs South Africa 1st Test?
The live streaming of India vs South Africa 1st Test game will be available on Airtel TV and Jio TV.
What are the squads for the India vs South Africa 1st Test: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
India playing XI:
South Africa expected playing XI: Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Theunis de Bruyn, Faf du Plessis (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi