India and debutant Afghanistan, who earned their Test status last year in June, will square off in a one-off Test match series starting on June 14 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
While India sees this as a preparatory game for upcoming England tour, Afghanistan is confident of wrecking havoc. As a result, they have included five spinners in their squad to exploit the turning tracks in India.
While Afghanistan have some quality players in their ranks, India have some experienced campaigners. India, however, will miss their regular skipper Virat Kohli due to injury. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side in the absence of the talismanic scorer.
All eyes will be on Rashid Khan, who makes his red-ball debut after an astonishing stint in the limited-formats. He has put in some stellar shows in the recently concluded IPL and Afghanistan’s T20I series against Bangladesh. Further, Dinesh Karthik will also look to make a mark coming back to the Test team after eight years.
With both the teams comprising of some exciting talents, it will be an absolute cracker of a game with India going with an upper hand.
According to Accuweather, it will be partly cloudy throughout the day in Bengaluru with minimal chances of rain. However, the fans can breathe a sigh of relief as there are no chances of the match getting called off.
Meanwhile, it will be pleasant all through the day much to the delight of the players. The temperatures will vary from 23 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius.
The team winning the toss will look to bat first with the pitch assisting the spinners from the third day. Moreover, both the teams will be eyeing to get an early grip in the match as they shift formats.