South African captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat in the first cricket Test against India at the Chidambaram stadium here on Wednesday.
The tourists went in with three seamers and a lone specialist spinner in left-armer Paul Harris on a barren wicket expected to help slow bowlers later in the match.
India opted for two seamers and as many spinners, preferring to play seven batsmen in the first match of the three-Test series.
India - Anil Kumble (capt), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Harbhajan Singh. 12th man: Yuvraj Singh.
South Africa - Graeme Smith (capt), Neil McKenzie, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, Abraham de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wicket-keeper), Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, Paul Harris. 12th man: Jean-Paul Duminy.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) and Tony Hill (NZL)
TV umpire: Amiesh Saheba (IND)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)