Opener Shikhar Dhawan got out for a duck off four balls after edging a Vernon Philander delivery straight into the hands of first slip.
Earlier, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first in the opener of the four-Test series against South Africa in Mohali on Thursday.
On the occasion of his 27th birthday, Kohli said the wicket looked like a good one to bat on on Day one and India would look to capitalise on it. Winning the toss did not mean the game had already swung their way, they had to bat well first, that would make it a better birthday, he added.
Kohli’s South African counterpart Hashim Amla added that he too would have liked to have batted first. The game is not won on the first day, so he wasn’t discouraged at losing the toss, he added.
India will be playing six batsmen and five bowlers, with three spinners and two pacers. Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Ravindra Jadeja are the spin trio while the pacers are Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Stuart Binny have been dropped. Ishant Sharma is unavailable for selection as he is serving a one-Test ban.
South Africa are also playing six batsmen, with three pacers and two spinners. The pacers are Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada, who will make his Test debut. Imran Tahir and Simon Harmer are the two spinners.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav
South Africa: Dean Elgar, Stiaan van Zyl, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla (captain), AB de Villiers, Dane Vilas (wicketkeeper), Vernon Philander, Simon Harmer, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir