Afghanistan’s dreams of playing Test cricket was finally realized as they made their Test debut today against the No 1 ranked Test side in the world India at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. It as indeed a historic day for Afghan cricket who has gone through many hardships to play cricket. They have made giant strides in the last few years and hence have been handed over the Test status by the International Cricket Council last year.
India was without their regular skipper and Ajinkya Rahane led the team in his absence. It was the home captain who won the toss and opted to bat. For India, it was Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay who opened the innings. The batting order was shuffled a bit to accommodate KL Rahul at the No 3 position. Vijay and Dhawan began very well. Dhawan, in particular, continued his good run from the IPL and took on the Afghan bowlers from the outset.
He became the 1st Indian batsman to smash a century within Lunch of the opening day of a Test match. It was indeed a great achievement from Dhawan who looked to take the match away from the Afghans. He smashed 104 off just 91 before his dismissal to Ahmadzai. He looked in sublime touch and smashed 19 fours and 3 sixes during his whirlwind knock.
Vijay also completed a well-composed century and his partner KL Rahul went on to score a half-century. After the dominance of the hosts in the first two sessions, it was time for Afghanistan to show the world what they are capable of. They made a terrific comeback in the final session bagging 5 Indian wickets for just 99 runs.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane’s wicket happened to be the maiden Test wicket of Rashid Khan. It was a shorter trajectory delivery which skidded on. Rahane missed it altogether with the ball thuds on to his pads. The on-field umpire gave not-out. However, Rashid persisted Stanikzai to go for the review and it proved to be a masterstroke. Replays showed that the ball would have hit off the middle stump.
Rashid was totally a different bowler from there on. He kept beating the bat on a consistent basis. India eventually finished the day on 347/6. Afghanistan would be pretty happy with their performance in the final session.
Here is the video of the wicket of Rahane
— Arya Chakraborty (@AryaMady) June 14, 2018