Narendra Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan


Afghanistan claimed their first Test wicket in the shortened session, but India remain in control on 248/1, with Vijay approaching a century. Dhawan also etched his name in history books as he became the first batsman to slam a century against Afghanistan in a Test match.

With his 12th Test ton, Vijay also became the batsman with most first innings centuries without one in the second innings.

Dhawan's century came off just 88 balls and was punctuated with 19 fours and three sixes. With the M Chinnaswamy track offering a bit of movement for the quicks, and some spin for the slower bowlers, the left-hander looked unperturbed as he took Rashid for three consecutive boundaries, including a six before launching the Mujeeb for another three back to back fours. "But the key is to be watchful and take it as it comes".

To find out how to watch a live stream of the Afghanistan Test cricket debut against host India, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article.

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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. Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai, likewise, said: "Very proud moment". Inshallah, we can do well.

The Afghans were granted one-day worldwide competitive status by the ICC in 2009, but the rigors of cricket's five-day Test format will be new to the Afghan players, making India the overwhelming favorite in the match.

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

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Ajinkya Rahane, who is leading the Indian team in the absence of Virat Kohli, won the toss and opted to bat first.

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said that putting the spotlight on Khan's talents is helping the other players focus on improving.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

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