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.

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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.

WATCH | India vs Afghanistan LIVE Score day 2

Financial Express Commentary

Afghanistan in India, Only Test, 2018M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 25 June 2018

India 474 (104.5)


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:


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.

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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