IND vs ENG Live: Joe Root can pose a tough challenge to Virat Kohli-led Team India.© Twitter
India will take on England in the first Test of the series of four matches at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, as a place in the final of the World Test against New Zealand Championship is up for grabs for both teams. The game is being played behind closed doors due to restrictions imposed as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Virat Kohli is back as skipper of Team India following the conclusion of the paternity leave granted to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Rishabh Pant will continue to put on the wicket-keeping gloves on a field that Kohli thinks would help spinners and fast bowlers. Ajinkya Rahane is back in his regular role as vice captain. The English skipper Joe Root is playing his 100th Test. Both teams would try to get the early advantage in the opening test. (LIVE SCORECARD)
1st Test, Day 1 Live updates between India (IND) and England (ENG) direct from MA Chidambaram Stadium
9:11 AM (IST)
Shahbaz Nadeem makes his test debut: Virat Kohli
After the throw, Kohli revealed that even he would have chosen to hit. He also revealed that Sharma and Nadeem will play in the match. He also said the batting order will be the same as the Brisbane Test against Australia.
9:06 AM (IST)
Here are the playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson
9:03 AM (IST)
Joe Root wins toss, England chooses to hit
English skipper Joe Root has won the toss and has chosen to hit on Day 1 of the first test match against India.
9:00 am (IST)
Axar Patel excluded from the first Test match
Axar Patel has been banned from the competition after complaining of knee pain. He is currently being monitored.
Shahbaz Nadeeem and Rahul Chahar have also been added to the selection.
8:55 AM (IST)
8:24 AM (IST)
Good morning and welcome everyone!
Good morning and welcome everyone to our live blog of the first test match between India and England. Day 1 is about to begin and the fling beckons us soon. Virat Kohli hosts Joe Root at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, and India hopes to repeat their Australian exploits. Meanwhile, England is also in excellent shape. Stay tuned folks, for some exciting cricket today!
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