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India vs Afghanistan Test - Day 1 Scorecard

17 June, 2018, 03:59 | Author: John Swanson
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It was just the other day that Afghanistan captain, Asghar Stanikzai, claimed that his team's spinners were better than India's.

Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England.

Let's hope that the game is played in great spirits and bring joy to the people of India and Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an global star. And past year, against Sri Lanka, he smashed 126 runs in the second session of first day in Galle. Afghanistan ought to have been mere pushovers for this India juggernaut, but if rumour mills are anything to go by, the Ajinkya Rahane-led unit aren't taking their neighbours lightly.

Official sources said the cricket event marks a successful culmination of India's sports diplomacy with Afghanistan which began after the fall of Taliban in 2001. It's like any other test match for us. "His experience, his form - the way he was batting in the Asia Cup especially and also in the IPL. his experience playing those domestic games [will help us]". "So we are disappointed he is not playing, but little bit happy that we are not going to bowl to him all the time".

Rashid and Mujeeb did come back in the last hour, troubling the batsmen with their variations, showing a glimpse of what could have been had they found their line and length earlier in the day.

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"In my opinion we have better spinners than India", Stanikzai told Indian media, highlighting the likes of Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah and Zahir Khan.

The first session of the Chinnaswamy Stadium Test in Bengaluru truly belonged to India, thanks to a breezy hundred by opener Shikhar Dhawan. We are not thinking about Afghanistan as well: "yes, we respect them as our opponent but it's important for us to go out there and give more than our 100 percent", he said.

Two balls later, Lokesh Rahul, promoted to number three ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara, chopped an innocuous Ahmadzai delivery onto his stumps to depart after a fluent 54.Leading the Indian side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is recovering from a neck injury, Rahane made 10 before becoming Rashid´s maiden test victim.

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Dhawan looked in sublime touch right from the start, punishing the pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafadar for glorious boundaries before sending his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Rashid Khan to the cleaners. There is no reason why they can not do it in test cricket and in time they will be even better bowlers than when they started off.

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