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After five successive defeats, Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their 2nd win of the IPL 2021 season by beating Rajasthan Royals.
In other opening-round matches in Pool A, Russia trounced Spain 4-0 and Armenia edged out France 2.5-1.5. India plays Spain in the second round.
Following this change in schedule, there will be no rest days and all matches will be played back-to-back from September 30 to October 4.
India will be represented by a full-strength 13-strong squad featuring Asian medal-winners like Deepak Kumar (51kg), Shiva Thapa (63.5kg) and Sanjeet (92kg).
Mohammedan Sporting, who were the first civilian club to win Asia's oldest football tournament in 1940, have won the title twice, the last being in 2013.
Maharashtra's distance runners Adesh Yadav and Komal Chandrakant Jagdale won the men's and women's 5000m titles respectively earlier on Monday morning.
Hyderya were slated to kickstart the I-League Qualifiers taking on Madan Maharaj FC in Bangalore on October 4.
The PCB in an unusual move has allowed a two-day break in the championship for coachers and selectors to use the transfer window to exchange players.
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were sharing a light moment in the dressing room as the latter imitated his captain's celebration, evoking laughter from the rest of the squad.