Afghanistan came back strong in the last session.
The historic first Test, where Afghanistan are playing India in their very first Test match ever started on a good note for India as they won the toss and opted to bat first at the M Chinnaswamy.
Everything went the perfect way for India as they looked very much comfortable against an inexperienced Afghanistan bowling attack. Monk Murli Vijay played as usual- slow and steady whereas Shikhar Dhawan tore the bowling attack.
He made a fantastic record as he became the first Indian batsman to score a century in the first session of a Test match. Only six other batsmen have done it in world cricket: Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, Don Bradman and David Warner from Australia. The fifth one was Majid Khan from Pakistan and now India’s Shikhar Dhawan has joined the list.
The popular Afghan spinners too looked ineffective particularly Rashid Khan was inconsistent as he we was leaking runs regularly. It was Yamin Ahmadzai who looked pretty good from the start as he sent Dhawan back to the pavilion as the southpaw edged it to MD Nabi for a brilliant 107(96).
Murli Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan shared a big partnership of 168 until Dhawan departed. It would be right to say that the speedsters were bowling a lot better than the spinners. With rain coming and going Murli Vijay had to wait for his hundred but India looked solid at 248/1 and it rained again in the 49th over as Rashid Khan bowled his 4th delivery of the over.
Vijay came back to score his 12th Test century and KL Rahul played well to reach 52 runs in 61 balls. Wafadar got Murli Vijay lbw for 105 and Rahul was cleaned up Ahmadzai for 54.
All of a sudden there were two new batsmen at the crease in the form of Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Ajinkya Rahane. The captain never looked settled as he finally got out for 10 (45). He was Rashid Khan’s first Test wicket, from here on Khan looked very confident but then Nabi dropped Cheteshwar Pujara on 30 off the bowling of Rashid.
However Pujara (35) could not continue for long as he edged a Mujeeb Ur Rahman delivery straight to MD Nabi at leg slip.
Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik were feeling the pressure as the spinners bowled dot balls. As a result Karthik got himself run-out, must say it was a golden chance to prove himself. At the end of play the Indian scorecard read 347/6.
Hardik Pandya- 10*
Ravichandran Ashwin- 7*
Yet to bat:- Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.