Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

Afghanistan players celebrate Rashid's wicket.

During the course, the 32-year-old not only got to his seventh Test ton, but also became the sixth player to do so before lunch on the opening day of a Test.

Dhawan and Vijay dominated the opening session after stand-in Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and chose to bat in overcast conditions.

The squad comprises five spinners in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak, who incidentally emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded first-class competition.

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.

"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first worldwide test match". The likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were hit for runs in one-day style.

Afghanistan were handed a bruising introduction to Test cricket by India on Thursday as the team capped their astonishing rise from war and refugee camps to joining the sport's elite. "I am very sure that they (Afghanistan) would be better bowlers by the start of the next Test match than what they are now", Karthik said.

But soon after reaching his century off 143 deliveries, Vijay found himself trapped leg before by Wafadar even as the review did not help his cause.

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"That's a pretty big statement to make, considering they haven't played Test cricket", Nair was quoted as saying by Mid-Day.

Afghanistan, who became the 12th test playing nation, clawed their way back in the final session at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with some lion-hearted efforts by the bowlers against their top-ranked hosts. India had scored 200 for the loss of just one wicket in the early afternoon.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped the match could bring the South Asian neighbours closer together.

Since gaining one day global status in 2009, the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.

Afghanistan have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

The match between India and Afghanistan is labelled to be a historic one.

Only last month, an attack on a cricket match in Khan´s home city of Jalalabad killed eight people and wounded 45.

Following a couple of rain delays, the Afghans improved dramatically and it was their seamers rather than their much-vaunted spinners who made the initial breakthroughs, much to the delight of a few clusters of flag-waving Afghan supporters in the stands.

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