Cricket: Pakistan elect to bat in first India Test

Published: Thursday, November 22, 2007, 10:20 [IST]
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Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik elected to bat after winning the toss against India in the opening Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Thursday.

Pakistan suffered a setback when fast bowler Umar Gul was ruled out of the match due to a back injury. He was replaced with left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir, who made his debut.

Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh returned to the Indian side after more than a year. Skipper Anil Kumble is the second spinner in the side.

India: Anil Kumble (capt), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (capt), Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir, Danish Kaneria.

Umpires: Billy Doctrove (WIS) and Simon Taufel (AUS)

TV umpire: Suresh Shastri (IND)

Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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