Riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s fluent half-century and Cheteshwar Pujara’s steady innings, India were 115/1 in 27 overs after the first session, NDTV reports.
While Dhawan made full use of the opportunity, Abhinav Mukund on the other hand failed again, who was caught at 12 in 26 balls, which was also the lone moment of happiness for the hosts. Post his wicket, India consolidated well and are looking solid for a big score.
Earlier, Hardik Pandya was included in the playing XI and got his Test cap from captain Virat Kohli.
Kuldeep Yadav surprisingly has been dropped. While Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are the two fast bowlers in the team, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will take care of the spin bowling.