WICKET! Yamin Ahmadzai removes Shikhar Dhawan for 107 as Mohammad Nabi takes a stunning catch at first slip to give the visitors their first-ever Test wicket.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a matter of pride and honour for India to host Afghanistan's maiden Test match and paid tribute to the war-ravaged country's indomitable spirit. "If I were an Afghan cricketer, I would like to see this as an opportunity". As "The Historic First" is all set to begin, an epic battle is likely on cards with a showdown between the Afghan spinners and Indian batsmen. Mujeeb and Rashid have played in the IPL and know the Indian conditions well. However, Rashid Khan had a ideal chance to dismiss the risky Dhawan in the 20 over, when the Afghans went for a review in an appeal for LBW.
The debutants will hope for a turnaround in the second session, and will hope to put on an improved show. During that journey it has consistently performed against other ICC members and Test playing nations recording milestone victories over them in various formats of the game. India and Dhawan won't mind this though with fifty up in eleven overs.
So, the India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match will be telecast live on Star Sports 1/HD in England.
In regards to the Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan, Nair said "Most of us have played him in the T20 but this is a different ball game".
"Today cricket is unifying force for the people of Afghanistan, India takes pride in being shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghanistan in this journey", the message read.
Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said that putting the spotlight on Khan's talents is helping the other players focus on improving.
Afghanistan, meanwhile, will have Mohammad Shahzad, who will lead their batting charge against the Indian attack.
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