India vs Afghanistan Test - Day 1 Scorecard

India's Nair reacts at Afghan skipper Stanikzai bold statement on spinners

Afghanistan claimed their first Test wicket in the shortened session, but India remain in control on 248/1, with Vijay approaching a century. "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".

The southpaw batsman became the sixth player in the cricketing folklore to score a century before the lunch session on Day one of a Test match.

"The historic friendship and relations between India and Afghanistan go back to centuries".

This was the first Test in the month of June in India. However, it should also be noted that Dhawan scored his runs with the same aggressive approach in the first session.

The left-hander has scored over 100 runs in a session before, though, doing so against Australia on debut in Mohali in 2013, and then against Sri Lanka in Galle a year ago.

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The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Moreover, more than 90 percent of Dhawan's run came in boundaries as he hit 19 fours and three sixes on his way to a century.

Dhawan and Vijay dominated the opening session after stand-in Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and chose to bat in overcast conditions. It is important to start well after the IPL and T20 season.

Vijay then took control after Dhawan´s departure, putting together a 112-run second-wicket partnership with Lokesh Rahul who made 54. "I'm glad that cricket is now added as another layer", Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Atif Mashal said in January, when the date and venue of the match were announced. India went into the match without its regular captain Virat Kohli, who is now undergoing a rehabilitation for a neck injury that he sustained during IPL 2018. Sir Donald Bradman (6), Victor Trumper (3) and Wally Hammond (3) are the other three players to have scored 100 runs in a session in Test cricket on three and more occasions.

In what will mark a historic moment, even beyond the world of cricket, for the war-torn nation of Afghanistan, the country will become only the 12th ever inaugurated into the exclusive club of Test cricket playing nations when they take on world powerhouse India - the world's top-ranked test side, on the ICC points table - in a five-day match that will live stream from Bangalore, India, starting on Thursday.

Afghanistan playing 11: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

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