FIFTY! Murali Vijay gets to his 16th Test fifty as India look to recover after Dhawan's dismissal.
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. He not only reached that milestone, but also became the sixth batsman overall to score a ton before lunch on day one of a Test match, also becoming the first Indian to do so.
"It's important we play our minds rather than skills, because getting back to Test from T20 cricket is all about tuning your mind rather than focusing on your skills". However, Rashid Khan had a ideal chance to dismiss the risky Dhawan in the 20 over, when the Afghans went for a review in an appeal for LBW.
Karthik has appreciated the spirit of Afghanistan players as he felt they have flourished themselves in conditions of turmoil.
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The debutants will hope for a turnaround in the second session, and will hope to put on an improved show.
Afghanistan started its maiden five-day test match in Bengaluru on Thursday, with the match attended by top government officials from both sides.
Call it irony, Dhawan stepped out to hit straight sixes off Afghanistan's three IPL participants - Rashid, Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahaman with effortless ease. Many argued that India was making a mistake by taking the visitors lightly and fielding a weakened XI. The team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.
Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.
The Indian team will take on Afghanistan team in the one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.