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  1. India vs Afghanistan, IND vs AFG Day 1 Highlights: Murali Vijay departs after well-constructed century

India vs Afghanistan, IND vs AFG Day 1 Highlights: Murali Vijay departs after well-constructed century

India vs Afghanistan Score Day 1: The Indian cricket team won the toss and elected to bat first against Afghanistan on day 1 of the one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

By: | Updated:Jun 15, 2018 12:37 pm
India vs Afghanistan Score Day 1: The focus will be on 19-year-old Afghan spinner Rashid Khan who has been in superb form.

India vs Afghanistan Score Day 1: Before the match started, people were wondering if the Shikhar Dhawan will get a place in the playing XI or not. After what happened in the last two hours there are no doubts left! When in-form, Shikhar Dhawan is a treat to watch and he proved it right once again by becoming the first Indian to score a century before lunch on day 1. He remained not out on 104 as India put up 158 runs for no loss in the first session. Murali Vijay, on the other hand, was calm as ever and paced his innings well. As expected, the Afghanistan cricket team looked nervous and failed to put brakes on Indian batsmen.

Two of their biggest weapons – Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman were dismantled by Dhawan leaving Asghar Stanikzai in a difficult position. The conditions are likely to improve for batting in the second session and it won’t be easy for Afghanistan to turn things around. They need to pick up wickets and they need to do it fast.

India, on the other hand, will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of Virat Kohli but still looks a far superior side on paper. Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay have taken up the opening slots followed by Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul at 3 and 4, respectively. The  cricket score is 280/2 after 52 overs.

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Afghanistan in India, Only Test, 2018M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 20 October 2018

India 474 (104.5)

vs

Afghanistan  109 (27.5) & 103 (38.4)

Match Ended ( Day 2 - One-off Test ) India beat Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs

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Follow India vs Afghanistan LIVE Score and Updates from day 1 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru:

Highlights

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Shikhar Dhawan departs for 107

    This is exactly the kind of start Afghanistan would have hoped for in the second session.  A full-length delivery by Yamin Ahmadzai, Dhawan reached for it and ended up edging it. Good catch by Mohammad Nabi. The next man in is KL Rahul.

  • 11:30 (IST)

    Century for Shikhar Dhawan

    Shikhar Dhawan has reached his century with yet another stylish score. With this, he also becomes the first ever Indian batsman and sixth in the world to score a century before the lunch break. He has moved on to 104 from 88 balls. Here is the big moment:🙌🙌He also becomes the first Indian to score a century before Lunch on Day 1 of Test cricket.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/6stA1rdafS— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2018

  • 11:06 (IST)

    100 up for India

    Shikhar Dhawan dances down the wicket and smashes Rashid Khan over long off for a six and also brings up 100 for India. He follows it a beautiful boundary past backward point. Dhawan moves on to 75 from just 70 balls and Rashid Khan is proving expensive.

  • 09:04 (IST)

    India win toss

    Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and has elected to bat first. He said that the wicket looks good for batting and even though there is some grass, it is important to bat first.

  • 08:58 (IST)

    Pitch report

    There is grass in the good length areas and the ball is likely to skid early on. 'Overcast conditions might play a role in the swinging ball as well, and the team winning the toss will most likely look to bowl first. A rather unlikely call in Bengaluru,' reckon Simon Doull and the animated Sunil Gavaskar.

  • 08:12 (IST)

    Why Virat Kohli is not playing?

    After this one-off Test against Afghanistan, India’s next assignment is a long tour of England – a country where Kohli struggled in his last outing. To prepare for the English conditions, the Indian skipper decided to play county cricket instead of this Test. However, a neck injury cut short his county stint too.

  • 07:21 (IST)

    Rashid Khan’s record in longer format

    For those who have only seen Rashid Khan perform in the shortest format, he is an equally dangerous bowler in whites too. The leg-spinner has played four first class matches in his career so far picking up 35 wickets.

16:11 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Murali Vijay falls

Murali Vijay's marathon innings come to an end. He departs for 105. Afghanistan struck soon after getting rid of KL Rahul for 54. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the new men in.

13:26 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Too much dependency on Rashid Khan?

This is a real test for Asghar Stanikzai. Rashid Khan has given away 83 runs in his 13 overs and hasn't created any impact whatsoever. The Afghan captain has to find answers somewhere else.

13:23 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
India - 229/1

The Indian batsmen are continuing the good work. Murali Vijay is steady at 84 and Rahul has got himself in as well. The Afghan spinners have been expensive so far and it will be interesting to see where the wicket comes from

12:45 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Murali Vijay continues good work

Murali Vijay has picked up from where Shikhar Dhawan left. He is taking on the Afghan bowlers and has reached his half-century. The partnership between him and KL Rahul is of 25 runs from 34 balls.

12:37 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Yamin Ahmadzai becomes first Afghan player to pick up Test wicket

The 25-year-old fast bowler became the first Afghan player to pick up a Test wicket when he got rid of Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. Born in 1992, Yamin Ahmadzai comes from Laghman Province and has played six first-class matches so far picking up 22 wickets.Here is a look at his celebration:Here comes the first wicket in Test cricket for @ACBofficials.#TheHistoricFirst #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/hlB4FIM3Rg— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2018

12:32 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Demotion for Cheteshwar Pujara

Interestingly, the Indian team has demoted Cheteshwar Pujara to number 4. He has a highly impressive record in India and averages over 63 at home in Tests. However, the move could be a result of presence of three openers in the playing XI.

12:22 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Shikhar Dhawan departs for 107

This is exactly the kind of start Afghanistan would have hoped for in the second session.  A full-length delivery by Yamin Ahmadzai, Dhawan reached for it and ended up edging it. Good catch by Mohammad Nabi. The next man in is KL Rahul.

12:14 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Second session begins

We are back live! Rashid Khan will start the proceedings after lunch. He has gone for 50 runs in his 7 overs so far and would like to change those figures soon.Vijay ends that over with a boundary, takes India to 166/0.

11:40 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Lunch | India - 158/0 (27 overs)

What a session it was for India! Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay dominated the bowlers from the word go and have taken the score to 158/0 in no time. This puts India in a very strong position. The Afghanistan team, on the other hand, would be wondering what went wrong! Join us for the next session.And, that's Lunch on Day 1 of the one-off Test with #TeamIndia on 158/0 (Dhawan 104*, Vijay 41*).Follow the game here - https://t.co/RSfCL2ZQl6 #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/SRUUPws2rs— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2018

11:30 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Century for Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has reached his century with yet another stylish score. With this, he also becomes the first ever Indian batsman and sixth in the world to score a century before the lunch break. He has moved on to 104 from 88 balls. Here is the big moment:🙌🙌He also becomes the first Indian to score a century before Lunch on Day 1 of Test cricket.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/6stA1rdafS— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2018

11:13 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Can Dhawan score 100 before lunch?

At this rate, Dhawan might become the first Indian batsman to score a century in the first session of a Test match. He is currently batting at 81 and we still have 20 minutes of play left. Here is the moment when he reached his fifty.👏👏 @SDhawan25.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/ArfECrUnqC— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2018

11:12 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Harsha Bhogle believes Rashid Khan will make a comeback

It hasn't been Rashid Khan's day so far who has been smashed all over the park by Shikhar Dhawan. However, Harsha Bhogle believes that he will make a comeback soon.The red SG ball so different from the white Kookaburra, test cricket from T20. As Rashid Khan is discovering. He will come back though because he is a fine bowler. 4-0-34-0— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 14, 2018

11:09 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Dhawan survives

It was nice flighted delivery from Rashid Khan, the southpaw got a long step forward and tried to defend but was beaten in the air. The ball hit him on the pads and the visitors took the review. However, the ball was missing the stumps by a huge margin.

11:06 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
100 up for India

Shikhar Dhawan dances down the wicket and smashes Rashid Khan over long off for a six and also brings up 100 for India. He follows it a beautiful boundary past backward point. Dhawan moves on to 75 from just 70 balls and Rashid Khan is proving expensive.

10:58 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Partnership reaches 89

Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan have added 89 runs from 105 balls for the opening wicket. Dhawan has been the aggressive partner scoring at more than run a ball while Vijay has been watchful. He has scored 19 runs from 46 balls.

10:40 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Rashid Khan introduced

The magician is here! All that hype and we finally Rashid Khan in attack. A lot depends on his performs and Shikhar Dhawan has welcomed the 19-year-old spinner with three boundaries. He also brings up his half-century from just 47 balls.

10:24 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
50 up for India

Murali Vijay puts that one away for a boundary and with that, takes India past the 50-run mark. And, it has come in a quick time. We  are just in the 11th over and runs have started to come thick and fast for India.

10:22 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Dhawan takes the aerial route

The southpaw has found his touch. He dances down the wicket and smashes Mohammad Nabi for a six over long off. He moves on to 31 from 35 balls and is looking set for a big one.

10:00 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Watchful start by Indian openers

It has been a watchful start by the Indian openers. Both Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan are allowing a lot of balls to go through and in no hurry. The Afghan bowlers too are bowling at a tight line. They are showing no signs of nervousness.

The score is 23/0 after 6 overs.

09:57 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Salim Durani arrives

The only Indian Test cricketer to be born in Afghanistan - Salim Durani, has arrived at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium along with BCCI Acting Hon. Secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

Former #TeamIndia all-rounder and the only Indian Test cricketer to be born in Afghanistan, Salim Durani arrives at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium along with BCCI Acting Hon. Secretary Mr. Amitabh Choudhary.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/Y6p12Qve2C

09:52 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Nervous start for Murali Vijay

The lack of game time is clearly visible in Murali Vijay's game. He didn't get too many games for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League as well. Vijay has scored 4 runs from 11 balls so far and has had a couple of close escapes.

09:44 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Great start for Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan is looking in great touch. Smashed tow beautiful boundaries in the second over and takes his score to 9 from 7 balls. Remember, he had a great IPL with the bat and would be looking to continue that form.India - 10/0 after 2 overs.

09:40 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Good first over

That was a good first over by Yamin Ahmadzai. He moved the ball well and got some help from the pitch too. Just two runs of that over. 18-year-old fast-bowler Wafadar will start from the other end.

09:32 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan open

The Indian openers are out in the middle and it is Shikhar Dhawan who is opening the batting with Murali Vijay. This means that KL Rahul will bat at number 4. Yamin Ahmadzai will bowl the first ball for the visitors.

09:29 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Dinesh Karthik's long wait is over!

Most Tests missed between two appearances for India:

87 D KARTHIK (2010-18) *83 P Patel (2008-16)56 A Mukund (2011-17)49 P Chawla (2008-12)43 P Patel (2004-08)40 Arun Lal (1983-87)

09:24 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Afghanistan President's message

The Afghanistan President said that he is proud of the men who championed cricket in Afghanistan. "On behalf of all Afghans I pay tribute to them. We thank India and BCCI for the development of Afghanistan," he added.

09:20 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore at stadium

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is at the ground. He met the Afghan officials ahead of the match.

Indian Sports Minister @Ra_THORe along with BCCI CEO @RJohri at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium ahead of the historic Test match against @ACBofficials.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/NOcABgS3w7

09:18 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Asgar gets emotional

It is an emotional moment for the Afghan captain. He said that he is proud of his side. "Proud that we are playing our first Test. All the guys have some first-class experience, but our first Test, obviously. First one hour, it will be a good wicket for bowling, so happy to be bowling first. If we get wickets, it'll be good for us," Asgar said at the toss.

09:15 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Afghanistan Playing XI

Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai(c), Afsar Zazai(w), Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar

09:08 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Playing XI for India

Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Karun Nair, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini are missing out.

09:04 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
India win toss

Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and has elected to bat first. He said that the wicket looks good for batting and even though there is some grass, it is important to bat first.

08:58 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Pitch report

There is grass in the good length areas and the ball is likely to skid early on. 'Overcast conditions might play a role in the swinging ball as well, and the team winning the toss will most likely look to bowl first. A rather unlikely call in Bengaluru,' reckon Simon Doull and the animated Sunil Gavaskar.

08:56 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Toss time!

We are 5 minutes away from the toss at Bengaluru. There will be some movement for the fast-bowlers early on so the captain winning the toss should look to bowl first.

Here are few visuals from the ground:

#TeamIndia members warming-up ahead of the historic Test match against @ACBofficials.

08:40 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Narendra Modi tweet

08:39 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Narendra Modi's message to Afghanistan cricket team

"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first international test match. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Best wishes to both teams! May sports continue to bring our people closer and strengthen ties," PM Modi tweeted this morning.

08:12 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Why Virat Kohli is not playing?

After this one-off Test against Afghanistan, India’s next assignment is a long tour of England – a country where Kohli struggled in his last outing. To prepare for the English conditions, the Indian skipper decided to play county cricket instead of this Test. However, a neck injury cut short his county stint too.

07:58 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
India’s injury concerns

Going into this match, India had its own set of problems. The selectors had already decided to rest some key players. Among others, Saha was ruled out due to an injury in his finger. He was replaced by Dinesh Karthik. Mohammed Shami too was declared unfit to play and was replaced by Navdeep Saini. 

 

07:41 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Conditions in Bengaluru

Conditions at M Chinnaswamy are also favourable for the batsmen but it won’t be easy to face the new ball. It won’t be a surprise if India win the toss and unleash Umesh Yadav against a nervous Afghanistan team. Rain is also expected a few parts but won’t play an important rule.

07:21 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Rashid Khan’s record in longer format

For those who have only seen Rashid Khan perform in the shortest format, he is an equally dangerous bowler in whites too. The leg-spinner has played four first class matches in his career so far picking up 35 wickets.

07:08 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Dinesh Karthik’s long ‘holdiay’

The Kolkata Knight Riders captain had played his last Test in 2010. Since then he has missed 87 Tests which is the sixth most by any player and the most for an Indian player. Karthik has been in great form with the bat and would be hoping to cement his place ahead of the England tour.

06:59 (IST) 14 Jun 2018
Mujeeb set to create another record

If selected, Afghanistan’s mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman will become the first player born in 20thcentury to play Test cricket. He will also be the sixth player since 1990 to make his first-class debut in a Test match. He is already the first player born in 21stcentury to play ODIs.

Here are the playing XIs for India vs Afghanistan Test: India: Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai(c), Afsar Zazai(w), Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar

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