Afghanistan fight back as India reach 347-6 in historic Test

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India, on the other hand, played their last Test match against South Africa at Johannesburg, which India went on to win by 63 runs.

As Afghanistan get ready to face India in their historic first ever Test match on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter congratulated the people of the nation.

However, Sunil Gavaskar wasn't happy with the careless shot of Dhawan after the lunch session. However, it should also be noted that Dhawan scored his runs with the same aggressive approach in the first session.

"These achievements have come about in challenging and hard circumstances".


Enroute to his century, Dhawan also became only the sixth batsman in the history of Test cricket to have reached a ton before lunch on the opening day of a Test match. Before lunch, Rashid bowled 7 overs and conceded 51 runs from it.

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". The Delhi southpaw has now become the only Indian to score a century in the opening session of a Test match. With the M Chinnaswamy track offering a bit of movement for the quicks, and some spin for the slower bowlers, the left-hander looked unperturbed as he took Rashid for three consecutive boundaries, including a six before launching the Mujeeb for another three back to back fours.

Two balls later, Lokesh Rahul, promoted to number three ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara, chopped an innocuous Ahmadzai delivery onto his stumps to depart after a fluent 54.Leading the Indian side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is recovering from a neck injury, Rahane made 10 before becoming Rashid´s maiden test victim.

India has offered Afghanistan the use of two of its stadiums to host matches with other countries. It is a historic moment for both nations.


"Its a matter of great pride and enormous pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India".

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

Afghanistan playing 11: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.


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