South Africa captain Graeme Smith elected to bat after winning the toss in the third and final Test against India here on Friday.
South Africa lead 1-0 following their victory by an innings and 90 runs in the second Test in Ahmedabad. The opening match ended in a draw in Chennai.
India have suffered a setback with skipper and ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble ruled out of the match after failing to recover from a groin strain.
Wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the side for the first time in a Test.
The hosts made three changes from the side that lost the second Test, bringing in fit-again paceman Ishant Sharma, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh.
South Africa retained the team.
South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Neil McKenzie, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher, Paul Harris, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid, Venkatsai Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Piyush Chawla, Ishant Sharma.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) and Billy Doctrove (WIS)
TV umpire: G.A. Pratapkumar (IND)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)