Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay hit centuries before Afghanistan fightback

I didn't lose my place to a normal cricketer it was MS Dhoni says Dinesh Karthik

I didn't lose my place to a normal cricketer it was MS Dhoni says Dinesh Karthik

The BCCI congratulated Shikhar Dhawan for becoming the first Indian cricketer to score a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test. Dhawan blazed his way to an entertaining 107 off 96 balls with 19 fours and three sixes in the historic Test against Afghanistan.

Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah was welcomed by India's Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, also India's first individual silver medal victor at the Olympics, who, between speeches, couldn't resist having a swing with Shikhar Dhawan's bat.

India is all set to host Afghanistan for one-off Test at Bengaluru.

However, Shikhar Dhawan wrote his name in the history books after a blistering century in the first session of the historic Test match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru.

After having dominated pacers at the start of the innings, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai brought his veteran player Mohammad Nabi in order to introduce his spin attack in the 9th over and later his star leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the 14th over.

The mobile users can watch India vs Afg live test cricket match using HotStar mobile app. Wafadar got Vijay lbw soon.

Last month, eight people were killed and dozens were wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, illustrating the difficulties the country has faced in developing sports. "But the key is to be watchful and take it as it comes".

Earlier, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sent his congratulations for what he called a "historic day". "I am proud of the men who championed cricket in Afghanistan in the dawn of the century and believed in themselves that one day Afghanistan will play against the best in the world", the message read.

But the home side have to be a little conscious that they don't slip on a potential banana skin as they come into the game without any match practice.

Afghanistan previous year achieved full member status of the International Cricket Council, making them one of only 12 Test teams.

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.

Khan, the top T20 bowler in ICC rankings, took the Indian Premier League by storm with his 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also impressed in the cash-rich tournament.

"The terror in our home area meant we did not have access to an education while growing up".

The rain came at stopped the play after 45.1 overs.

After impressive performances in the limited-overs formats, Afghanistan must be eager to prove they can stand the stresses of a five-day match.

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