India Vs Afghanistan, One-Off Test: Shikhar Dhawan Hammers Century Before Lunch

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2018

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he hoped a historic cricket match between India and Afghanistan would strengthen ties between the South Asian neighbours and allies in the fight against militancy in the region. 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. Though they will be playing their first global Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland in June a year ago, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001.

Rahane, who captained Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, said it was important now for his team's players to switch mentally from T20 mode to playing in the longest format. However, the ball just missed the stumps despite pitching in the line, giving a lifeline for the Delhi batsman.

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FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan gets to his sixth Test fifty with a four! There was a faint edge and remember, they had appealed for the caught behind.

It will be a historic moment for Asghar Stanikzai's team when they step out on Thursday for their maiden five-day outing against the world's number one Test side.

Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and Navdeep Saini could not make it to India's playing XI as KL Rahul set to bat in the middle order with all the three openers are in the team. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb-Ur Rahman will lead the Afghan bowling unit. "In Afghanistan, the brilliant thing is that a lot of the young talent that is coming through is spinners because they all follow Rashid, they follow Nabi, so because of that our spin department is very strong from below". To note, they have won last six Test series at home.

But Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said there was no room for complacency in cricket.

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