Dhawan's ton help India post 158/0 at lunch vs Afghanistan

Dhawan's ton help India post 158/0 at lunch vs Afghanistan

Opener Murali Vijay (94 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (33 not out) took India to 248/1 at tea on the opening day of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

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

It has also made it mandatory for all teams touring India to play one cricket match against Afghanistan.

In reality, the Indians have been more or less comfortable against the slower bowlers in the previous season barring the first Test against Australia in Pune past year. If Afghanistan are to challenge the hosts they will need to learn with each hour of the game. "We like the bowling options in our squad and hope our team come out on top", he said. It was the first time the nation was playing a First-Class fixture against a strong Zimbabwe XI which had as much as 7 cricketers who went on to play Test cricket for Zimbabwe. It will be an interesting start of the long global season for Team India as they welcome Afghanistan to the Test arena.

India will field an under-strength side in the one-off test as they have one eye fixed on the long global schedule ahead. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: "yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 per cent", said the batsman.

Afghanistan was granted Test status in June past year along with Ireland.

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Indirectly drawing reference to Rashid Khan's success in the IPL, Karthik said: "In just two years they have got a few household names and it's only going to get better". The right-hander´s 12th test century included 15 boundaries and a six.

"Skill-wise, it won't make a difference, but our attitude matters, to make a quick switch, in terms of our mindset from T20s to Test cricket". "His experience, his form - the way he was batting in the Asia Cup especially and also in the IPL. his experience playing those domestic games [will help us]".

He said his team and the people at home were excited about playing the number-one ranked side in their first test.

India's sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi. We don't want to take anyone lightly, but we're lucky to be part of this historic first Test. This alone makes the contest between them and the Indian bowlers, in particularly Ashwin and Jadeja, a mouth watering one.

Stanikzai has insisted that his team's spin department led by teen sensation Rashid Khan is better than India's.

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