Bengaluru: Afghanistan's rise in the cricket world has been nothing short of meteoric with several players making international headlines in the recent past. The team now is the 12th Test playing nation - a huge achievement considering the local conditions in the country - and takes on Team India in a historic one-off Test at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Here are all the updates from Day 1 of the Test match:
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1808: End of day's play India 347-6. Hardik Pandya 10 runs from 21 balls and Ashwin 7 runs from 16 balls. India dominated the Afghanistan bowlers in the first two sessions, but the third session belonged to the visitors.
1751: Wicket: Dinesh Karthik run out! Karthik was halfway down the pitch but Hardik Pandya sends him back. Ravichandran Ashwin replaces Dinesh Karthik.
1732: Wicket: Cheteshwar Pujara out caught at slip. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman gets Pujara with a googly, Mohammed Nabi takes an exceptional catch at leg slip. Maiden wicket for Mujeeb in Tests. Hardik Pandya replaces Cheteshwar Pujara.
1727: Mohammad Nabi drops an outside edge from Pujara at slip off Rashid Khan's leg break.
1718: Wicket: Ajinkya Rahane out Lbw!! Rashid Khan takes his maiden wicket in Test cricket. Dinesh Karthik replaces Ajinkya Rahane
1709: Rahane 10 runs from 38 balls, Pujara 21 runs from 34 balls. India scored 300 and eye a huge total.
1657: First maiden for Rashid Khan in Test cricket.
1628: All people talk about Afghanistan spinners, but it's the two fast bowlers who impressed the most. India 288-3
1614: Wicket: Lokesh Rahul out bowled. He scored 54 runs from 64 balls. Ajinkya Rahane replaces Lokesh Rahul.
1406: Wicket: Murali Vijay out Lbw!! Vijay doesn't offer a shot. He scored 105 runs from 153 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara replaces Murali Vijay in middle.
1605: Lokesh Rahul brings up his 11th Test fifty.
1558: Murali Vijay brings up his 12th Test century.
1549: Play to resume at 15:50
1510: Rain stops play.
1501: Lokesh Rahul looks in good touch and has hit 6 fours.
1441: Covers coming off: Play will resume at 14:50.
1340: Rain stops play: Murali Vijay will have to wait longer on 94. India 248-1
1314: Did you know? 17y 78d, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman in Afghanistan's playing XI is the youngest ever to play an inaugural Test for a country.
1258: Rashid Khan had an economy of 7.28 in the first session. His T20I & ODI economies are under 5.
1241: Murali Vijay looked scratchy at the start of the innings but has now settled in nicely. He has scored 68 runs from 92 balls. India 190-1
1223: Lokesh Rahul replaces Dhawan in middle.
1222: Wicket: Yamin Ahmadzai has the first wicket for Afghanistan in Test cricket. Dhawan makes 107 runs from 96 balls.
1214: Second session of play resumes: Afghanistan bowlers need to come up with a better plan against a strong opening partnership between Dhawan and Vijay.
1140: India ends the first session on 158-0. Lunch it is!
1130: Shikhar Dhawan brings up his 7th Test century. It's been a ruthless display of batsmanship and has toyed with the Afghanistan mystery spinners.
1122: Shikhar Dhawan on 90's can he bring up his 7th Test century Dhawan on 96 from 86 balls.
1108: 100 runs partnership between Dhawan and Vijay. It's a delight to see Dhawan smashing the spinners. India 109-0
1057: Afghanistan's blowers hasn't started well on his Test debut.
1039: Shikhar Dhawan brings up his 6th Test fifty.
1032: 50 runs partnership between Dhawan and Vijay. Dhawan 39 from 42 balls, Vijay 13 from 35 balls. India 62-0
1018: Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay off to a good start. Dhawan looks in good touch and has hit 5 fours while Vijay has been a bit edgy but has still managed to tentatively send two of his shots to the boundary line. India 41-0
0935: Minister of State, Sports and Youth Affairs Mr. @Ra_THORe along with Mr. Abdullah Abdullah (Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan), greet the two teams ahead of the start of play in Bengaluru.#INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/HtXNTqmXnn
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 14, 2018
0930: Teams -
INDIA XI: S Dhawan, M Vijay, C Pujara, L Rahul, A Rahane, D Karthik, H Pandya, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, I Sharma, U Yadav
AFGHANISTAN XI: A Stanikzai, M Shahzad, J Ahmadi, H Shahidi, R Shah, A Zazai, M Nabi, R Khan, Y Ahmadzai, Wafadar, M Ur Rahman
0927: TOSS - Rahane wins it, opts to bat.
0925: Afghanistan will look for much-needed exposure in their match against No.1-Test team India. While some of the players in the side - Rashid Khan being the most notable, have had international exposure, for others, it would be crucial to develop their skills against a side which boasts of top performers in the international arena. The team consists of five spinners and it is spin that Afghanistan would look to use to the maximum against a side known for its batting prowess.
India, under Rahane, have brought in Dinesh Karthik, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Karun Nair - all skilled players who are looking to prove their mettle. Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul are expected to manage the bulk of batting while the onus of bowling will fall on spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, and pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.