Spin-heavy Afghanistan face India in historic Test

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

On Thursday, on the first day of the Test in Bengaluru, Shikhar Dhawan made a mockery of any such claim. Dhawan was unbeaten on 104 off 91, while Murali Vijay looked solid at the other end with 41 from 72.

Shikhar Dhawan gave Afghanistan a rude reality check on what longest format is all about as his 87-ball-century took India to a comfortable 158 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of the one-off Test here today.

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.

"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first global test match".

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. However, the ball just missed the stumps despite pitching in the line, giving a lifeline for the Delhi batsman.

Afghanistan might have missed the trick by choosing not to take a review for Dhawan.

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The one-off test match is considered as a historic match since this will be Afghanistan's maiden test match after obtaining the test status from ICC.

India also have a couple of new players in their squad, which will make Rahane's task of fielding the right combination a bit hard.

Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England.

Rashid Khan the star of the Afghan side was welcomed into the attack with three fours off his first over in Test cricket.

India's sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.

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