India won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against Australia at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here on Friday.
Indian captain Anil Kumble, nursing a shoulder injury, ruled himself out of the game, leaving the skipper's job to Mahendra Dhoni, who will be leading the side in a Test for only the second time.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, 25, was set for a Test debut after having played in three one-day internationals for India.
Australia replaced injured fast bowler Stuart Clark with 23-year-old debutant Peter Siddle.
The first Test in Bangalore had ended in a draw.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (capt), Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Cameron White, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle. 12th man: Jason Krejza.
India: Mahendra Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra. 12th man: Subramaniam Badrinath.
Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (RSA) and Asad Rauf (PAK)
Third umpire: Amish Saheba (IND)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)