June 18, 2018

India vs Afghanistan Test Match

14 June 2018, 07:41 | Joan Schultz

Karun Nair looks to seal India berth. credit Twitter

Karun Nair looks to seal India berth. credit Twitter

In regards to the Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan, Nair said "Most of us have played him in the T20 but this is a different ball game".

Dhawan smeared 19 fours and three sixes during his seventh Test ton as he matched Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan and David Warner in reaching three figures in the opening session of a Test. The Delhi southpaw has now become the only Indian to score a century in the opening session of a Test match.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was welcomed by India's Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, also India's first individual silver medal victor at the Olympics, who, between speeches, couldn't resist having a swing with Shikhar Dhawan's bat.

In the first session, the Afghanistan bowlers seemed rather lacklustre, with little experience, and Shikhar Dhawan smashed them all around the ground. Dhawan made merry of the situation and scored runs at will. Just before lunch would be announced, Dhawan completed his 7th century in the 26th over of the innings. The left-handed batsman, before his dismissal, had already ensured a great start for the team. He got out soon after the hundred but Murali Vijay and KL Rahul kept the momentum going, they punished the bowlers, put them under a lot of pressure and forced them to bowl to their strengths. The match is going underway at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and chose to bat first. "It's important to start well after coming off the IPL". Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai, likewise, said: "Very proud moment". Inshallah, we can do well. Then he recites the entire playing XI from memory, no peeking into paper chits.

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Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an global star.

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an global cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game.

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

Hardik Pandya was batting on 10 with Ravichandran Ashwin on seven at the other end when stumps were drawn. He targeted Mohammad Nabi hammering a six and four.

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