Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result.

FIFTY! Murali Vijay gets to his 16th Test fifty as India look to recover after Dhawan's dismissal.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland in June previous year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001.

Dhawan celebrates his 7th Test ton.

Incidentally Dhawan became the first ever Indian batsman to score a century in the first session of a Test match joining the illustrious ranks of Sir Don Bradman, Victor Trumper, Majid Khan, David Warner.

The moment Rashid or Mujeeb (0/32 in 4 overs) tried to flight, Dhawan would step out, if they upped the pace of the deliveries, they were cut forcefully. It clearly showed as went for two fours and a six in the 20th over.

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Dhawan rushed to his seventh Test century in 87 balls, his second-fastest.

Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides. Many argued that India was making a mistake by taking the visitors lightly and fielding a weakened XI.

Afghanistan, bruised by war and what not back home, will make their Test debut as they take on India in the one-off Test. "In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through is spinners because they all follow Rashid, they follow Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below".

The hapless bowlers struggled with the "Test match length", especially the spinners who are used to ball flat and quick.

Afghans have five spinners in their squad in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak with the captain Asghar Stanikzai confident about that they can cause trouble against the formidable Indians.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, will have Mohammad Shahzad, who will lead their batting charge against the Indian attack.

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