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16-Dec-2010 12:56:00 GMT
South Africa v India, 1st Test, Centurion, 1st day

Unadkat Debut as South Africa Opt to Bowl

Centurion: South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bowl first against India in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is playing, as is Paul Harris. So is Jaidev Unadkat. Zaheer Khan misses out, so that's a huge blow for India.

The match was delayed by 4 hours due to consistent rain. Maximum 47 overs could be bowled in today's play in place of the full quota of 90 overs.

Consistent rain eased out an hour before lunch and the sky started to brighten shortly before the scheduled interval, although it remained cloudy with the possibility of more rain.

India go into the clash without having played a warm-up game in conditions which, in the early part of the match at least, are expected to be favourable to South Africa's formidable fast bowling pair of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Overcast weather with a chance of rain is predicted through to Thursday although the sky is expected to clear over the weekend.

There was a good covering of grass on the pitch and both Morkel and South African coach Corrie van Zyl said they expected help for the bowlers.

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