India vs Afghanistan Test Match

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Afghanistan fielders toiled in the first session and didn't look effective at all. After, Dhawan's wicket K L Rahul came to the crease and played some classic shots.

As Afghanistan get ready to face India in their historic first ever Test match on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter congratulated the people of the nation.

Dhawan's unbeaten 104 is the second-most runs by an Indian player before lunch on any day of a Test after Hardik Pandya's 108 runs against SL in Pallekele past year.

"These achievements have come about in challenging and hard circumstances". After winning the toss, India opted to bat first - Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay opened the innings for Team India. Dhawan maybe well placed to take on Rashid who Is his teammate in Sunrisers Hyderabad and must have faced the spinner countless times in nets. In the first over Rashid khan conceded 13 runs.

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What's more, the left-handed batsman became the first Indian to score a ton in the first session on day one of a Test. "But the key is to be watchful and take it as it comes".

India has offered Afghanistan the use of two of its stadiums to host matches with other countries. It is important to start well after the IPL and T20 season. "It is a historic moment for Afghanistan, I'm really excited", Rahane said.

There were a few opportunities missed when Afghanistan skipper Stanikzai did not ask for a review. All guys have first-class experience. Then he recites the entire playing XI from memory, no peeking into paper chits. Though they will be playing their first worldwide Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result.

India are without their captain Virat Kohli - the biggest name in world cricket - but Simmons said the home side have other weapons.

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Former coach Lalchand Rajput, under whom Afghanistan had earned the Test status, said it is an emotional moment for the team as they play their maiden Test against India but only time will tell how they succeed in the longer format of the game.

India playing 11: Murli Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

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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