Left-handed veteran Gautam Gambhir is the man to look forward, as India is playing England in the first cricket Test on November 09, 2016, at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

The match starts at 9:30 a.m India time, 04:00 GMT.

Live updates: Day 2

End of Day 1

England 311/4 (93.0 ov) JE Root 124, Moen Ali 99*, R Ashwin 108/2

Alastair Cook wins the toss, and England will bat first.

India line-up:

Virat Kohli, Ravinder Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, Amit Mishra, C Pujara, Gautam Gambhir, Rahane, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami.

Gambhir known for his aggressive style of batting made a comeback after a small hiatus.

His performance in this game will play a crucial role in determining the progress of his cricketing career.

Close sources from the Indian team revealed that Gauti had undergone vigorous practice sessions to make himself fit for the first match. He has played some sweet cover drives during the time in nets, and it clearly indicates that he still holds the Midas touch.

Ben Stokes will be the trump card for the English cricket team in this Indian tour. The young cricketer has the capability to bat and bowl even under pressure.

If Joe Root, Ben Duckett and Alastair Cook too succeeds in finding the proper batting rhythm, then things will not be that easy for the Indian bowlers.

TV telecast and online streaming details:

In India, the match will be shown live on Star Sports, If you want to watch the game in HD, you can switch on to the High Definition channel of Star Sports, but make sure that you have an HD set top box equipped.

Internet users can visit Hotstar or the official website of star sports to enjoy the live streaming.

Devices with an Indian IP address will be able to access the live streaming at the official Star Sports website.

In the United States, Willow TV is telecasting this game, while Sky Sports is doing it in the United Kingdom.

Pitch and weather conditions

The pitch at Rajkot is specially designed for the hosts, and it will be a perfect batting paradise. On the first two days, the ball will directly come on to the bat, and later cracks are expected to develop in the pitch which will help the spinners.

England is always known for their spin-wary attitude, and it will give an upper edge for Virat Kohli and his boys in this game.

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