Saturday, 23 June, 2018

India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

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Kristopher Love | 14 June, 2018, 11:49

FIFTY! Murali Vijay gets to his 16th Test fifty as India look to recover after Dhawan's dismissal.

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. As "The Historic First" is all set to begin, an epic battle is likely on cards with a showdown between the Afghan spinners and Indian batsmen. Though they will be playing their first worldwide Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result. It clearly showed as went for two fours and a six in the 20th over.

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. However, the ball just missed the stumps despite pitching in the line, giving a lifeline for the Delhi batsman. There was a faint edge and remember, they had appealed for the caught behind.

Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat in what is a historic Test for Asghar Stanikzai-led Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday.

The squad comprises five spinners in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak, who incidentally emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded first-class competition. This was his seventh century in 29 Test matches.

Afghanistan, bruised by war and what not back home, will make their Test debut as they take on India in the one-off Test.

Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an worldwide cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game. The team will be captained by Ajinkya Rahane in absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli.