India vs Afghanistan, One-Off Test: Day 1 – Five Game Changing Moments
India and debutant Afghanistan, who earned their Test status last year in June, are square off in a one-off Test match series starting on June 14 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane opted to bat first in the batting deck of M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. The Indian batsmen capitalised on it as they are in line to post a huge total in the first innings.
Shikhar Dhawan (107) and Murali Vijay (105) added 168 runs for the first wicket. The first two sessions were totally dominated by the Indian batsmen as the Afghans bowlers found it tough to make inroads.
However, the visitors came back strong as India lost five wickets cheaply to lift their spirits as the fag end. India finished the day at 346 for 6 with Hardik Pandya (10*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (7*) still at the crease.
Here are the five game changing moments from the day 1:
Massive opening partnership
Indian openers in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay guided India to a blistering start. While Vijay played the second hand, Dhawan went bonkers at the rookies in this format.
The duo added 168 runs for the first wicket with both Vijay and Dhawan reaching their individual hundreds. Moreover, Dhawan became the first India to score a hundred on day 1 before the lunch.
The southpaw hammered the balls as he reached his 7th century in just 87 balls while Vijay played a classical knock.
KL Rahul at one drop
KL Rahul was sent in at the important position of one-drop. However, it is not a good sign for Cheteshwar Pujara with the England tour on the horizon.
He gave a touch of his flair with superbly placed drives off Mujeeb, including a stroke where he opened the bat face to crunch it to the boundary boards.
Rahul struck his 11th Test fifty, however, will curse himself to miss out on the big hundred. He departed at the score of 54 soon after Vijay got out.
Rain stops play
The rain came to Afghanistan’s rescue as it halted the game twice. The visitors looked quite flat as Dhawan and Rahul piling on the agony.
Moreover, the rain halted Vijay‘s hundred as he was stuck on 99 runs for a long time. Eventually, the play resumed at 3.50 pm and Vijay registered a well-made century.
It also curtailed some game time and the umpires had to extend the day’s play.
Consecutive wickets lift visitors
Rashid Khan’s poor show
The top-ranked T20I spinner had the worst start to his red-ball career. Dhawan went all guns blazing against him as he struggled to find the right line and length.
Suddenly, he was at the receiving end of the criticisms after having a splendid show in the limited-overs cricket. However, he came back in the third innings only to found his rhythm back.
Rashid also bagged his debut Test wicket removing Ajinkya Rahane as India lost a couple of wickets cheaply at the end of the day’s play. He finished the day with 1 for 120 in his 26 overs.