India vs Afghanistan Test Match

India vs Afghanistan Test Match

The test cricketer Karun Nair has slammed the Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai for his bold statement on spinners as the historic test match between the two countries will kick off from Thursday.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.

Afghanistan - who were awarded Test status in June 2017 - rallied late on, taking three wickets for 16 runs.

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.

Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay smashed hundreds to give India an upper hand on the first day of the one-off Test against newcomers Afghanistan on Thursday. Afghanistan claimed their first Test wicket in the shortened session, but India remain in control on 248/1, with Vijay approaching a century.

Vijay hit pacer Wafadar for a four over point to bring up his ton and together with Rahul, who by then had registered his half century, forged a valuable 112-run stand for the second wicket.

The top T20 bowler in the ICC rankings, Khan took the Indian Premier League by storm with 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad.

BCCI has gifted the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, as a temporary "home-ground" to the Afghan team.

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Afghans took to social media to celebrate the start of the Test, which comes amid a government ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan. "The way their openers have batted has panicked the Afghanistan team!"

Earlier, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sent his congratulations for what he called a "historic day".

Karthik has appreciated the spirit of Afghanistan players as he felt they have flourished themselves in conditions of turmoil.

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

Since gaining ODI status in 2009 the Afghans have made giant strides and qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.

Afghanistan have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

Afghanistan, who have been forced to train in India since 2015 because of the conflict at home, have just secured a T20 series sweep over Bangladesh with teen sensation Rashid Khan now an worldwide star. "My parents even forbid my siblings and I to play cricket outside our home", Khan, one of 12 children, said in a recent interview with Afghan media.

The rain came at stopped the play after 45.1 overs.

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