Shikhar Dhawan hits a century

Shikhar Dhawan hits a century

Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

Dhawan was soon caught in the slips off seamer Yamin Ahmadzai, who picked up Afghanistan's first Test wicket. Afghanistan is playing against India in Bangalore and the match will kick-start at 9:30 PM IST.

Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Afghanistan Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India - June 13, 2018 - Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (C), Afghanistan cricket team coach Phil Simmons (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference.

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan slammed a magnificent century on the opening day of the historic one-off Test between India and Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

41 out of 51 runs came from Dhawan's willow from just 27 balls he faced off Rashid's bowling, including 8 fours and a six. Before him, Virendra Sehwag had come very close to achieving the glory of become the first Indian to hit a century before lunch, but he had missed the milestone by 1 run against West Indies in 2006.

Dhawan looked in sublime touch right from the start, punishing the pace duo of Ahmadzai and Wafadar for glorious boundaries before taking his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Rashid to the cleaners. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman have been striking players in the IPL.

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Dhawan smeared 19 fours and three sixes during his seventh Test ton as he matched Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan and David Warner in reaching three figures in the opening session of a Test. "But the key is to be watchful and take it as it comes".

But Rahane, who is standing in as captain for Virat Kohli, said there was no room for complacency in cricket.

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.

It will be a historic moment for Asghar Stanikzai's team when they step out on Thursday for their maiden five-day outing against the world's number one Test side.

Rahane refused to draw comparisons between the spin attacks of the two teams, but praised the experience of India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as well as the talent of Kuldeep Yadav.

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