Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

Dhawan bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a power-packed unbeaten 104 (91 balls) while Murali Vijay (41 no off 72 balls) held one end up with the home team setting the foundation for what promises to be a mammoth first innings total.

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.

India have a little advantage in the upcoming Test as their batsmen have already faced a couple of Afghan spinners in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result. However, Rashid Khan had a flawless chance to dismiss the unsafe Dhawan in the 20 over, when the Afghans went for a review in an appeal for LBW. He took Rashid for three consecutive boundaries, including a six before launching the Mujeeb for another three back to back fours.

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"We are not going to take Afghanistan lightly". India and Dhawan won't mind this though with fifty up in eleven overs.

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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.

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While Afghanistan are playing their first ever Test, there is no shortage of confidence.

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". "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".

Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

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Afghanistan, meanwhile, will have Mohammad Shahzad, who will lead their batting charge against the Indian attack. The team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.

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