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Can South Africa spring a surprise?

Piedt takes a caning

India are really bossing this now. Rohit Sharma lofts Piedt for a couple of sixes consecutively. The offie is now going at more than 6 runs an over. The partnership has also raced past the 150-mark.

100-run stand and fifty for Mayank

There's no respite for South Africa even after the break. Mayank Agarwal gets to his fifty with a stylish loft over extra cover for six. The conditions are just about perfect for batting. Hard to see where that breakthrough is going to come from.

Fifty for Rohit Sharma

The opening challenge hasn't been as difficult as many envisioned it to be. Rohit Sharma gets to an 84-ball fifty albeit a little streakily. The top-edged sweep just about evaded the man at backward square leg and squirted away to the boundary.

India 91/0 at the Lunch interval.

Fifty partnership up for India

The openers are doing a very good job at the moment. The spinners aren't finding anything on this day one surface, so runs are being milked with ease. The return to home conditions reflect in the first fifty-plus opening stand for India in ten innings.

So far, so good for India

South Africa have bowled well but the openers have got past that tricky stage. And creditably, without attempting anything flashy. The test will now be predominantly against Keshav Maharaj's left-arm spin and variations.

Philander vs Rohit

So there's been a bit of back and forth happening between these two. Rohit left one on length, which nipped in and went over the stumps. He started walking down the pitch thereafter to Philander to put him off. The bowler responds by bringing the keeper up to the stumps. Rohit replies with a cut past gully for a boundary. Who is going to win this one?

Steady beginnings..

Both openers have got off the mark with boundaries. There's a hint of away movement as well for Rabada and Philander, with the latter beating Rohit twice. But no major scares as yet. South Africa seem to be keen on operating wide outside off.

Toss: India opt to bat

South Africa have lost their eighth consecutive toss in the subcontinent. No-brainer says Kohli as he chooses to bat. du Plessis rues his bad luck but he also springs a bit of a surprise by picking three spinners and two seamers in the eleven.

South Africa (Playing 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 (Playing 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

Hello, welcome to our live blog for the first day of the Vizag Test. Lots to look forward to at the start of India's home season.

A few things have changed already. India have announced their eleven a day ahead of the Test, a rare occurrence. That Rohit Sharma is going to open the innings is old news now. But it remains one of the biggest talking points. Wriddhiman Saha's return, and Ashwin's return-of-sorts are other aspects of the churn which will be of interest. But India have little worries, especially in home conditions and despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. This time the series is not dominated by pitch talk as it was last time around. And a large part of India's confidence stems from Ishant Sharma's reboot, aided by Jason Gillespie.

But can they afford to take South Africa lightly? This is a team with many of its members itching to make their own mark. The batting might look weak on paper but there's good form aiding Markram, while the likes of Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis are more than capable of holding their own. It's their bowling though that should inspire more confidence for the skipper. In Keshav Maharaj, they now have a spinner who'd be much more than just a defensive option. The class of Rabada and explosiveness of Ngidi, alongside the wily Philander make it a hard attack to ignore. Will five bowlers be the way to go? Faf du Plessis hinted that they will be going with that combination. We'll get to know that soon, at the toss. Stay tuned.

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