Hindustan Times – Afghanistan were given a rough introduction to Test cricket with both India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay helping themselves to superb centuries on the opening day of the one-off match on Thursday.

Summary

  • Afghanistan were given a rough introduction to Test cricket with both India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay helping themselves to superb centuries on the opening day of the one-off match on Thursday.
  • Shikhar Dhawan (107 – 96b, 19×4, 3×6) became the first India batsman to score a Test century before lunch on Day 1 while Vijay (105 – 153b, 15×4, 1×6) reached his 12th century in a more sedate fashion.
  • It was a historic day for war-torn Afghanistan, but while their pacers rose to the occasion, the fab spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman got hammered all around the park in the first two sessions of play.
  • ALSO READ | PM Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with AfghanistanA 168-run stand for the first wicket included some brutal shots by Dhawan with Afghan spinners doing nothing to trouble the batsmen.
  • Yamin became the first bowler to take a Test wicket for Afghanistan when he had Dhawan caught at slips while Wafadar accounted for Vijay, trapped leg before.


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