Himalayan Times – BENGALURU: Murali Vijay closed in on his 12th hundred as India reached 248 for one before rain forced an early tea on the opening afternoon against test newcomers Afghanistan on Thursday.

Summary

  • BENGALURU: Murali Vijay closed in on his 12th hundred as India reached 248 for one before rain forced an early tea on the opening afternoon against test newcomers Afghanistan on Thursday.
  • Seamer Yamin Ahmadzai claimed Afghanistan’s first wicket in test cricket when left-handed Dhawan edged a probing delivery outside off stump to Rahmat Shah, who parried it towards the safe hands of Mohammed Nabi at first slip.
  • The 32-year-old Dhawan smashed a blistering 107 off just 96 deliveries, studded with 19 fours and three sixes, and became the first Indian to score a hundred before lunch on the opening day of a test.
  • After Dhawan’s departure, Vijay took charge of the innings by punishing Afghanistan’s three-pronged spin attack of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Nabi on both sides of the wicket.
  • Dhawan and Vijay dominated the opening session after stand-in Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and chose to bat in overcast conditions.


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