Openers Shikhar Dhawan (107) and Murali Vijay (105) slammed tons and helped India post 347 for 6 against Afghanistan at stumps on Day 1 of the one-off Test in Bengaluru on Thursday. KL Rahul (54) too chipped in, stitching second 100-run partnership of the match with Murali Vijay. Apart from the top three, Indian middle order looked rusty and disappointed with the bat. For Afghanistan, the opening two sessions went pretty bad but the visitors bounced back in the final session, claiming crucial wickets at regular intervals.
After winning the toss, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane opted to bat first. Dhawan and Vijay provided the team a flying start scoring 100 runs in 19.4 overs. Dhawan went on to complete his seventh century in the 26th over, becoming the first Indian to score a ton before lunch on Day 1 of a Test match. Post Dhawan's departure, Vijay took matter into his own hands and played responsibly along with Rahul. The post lunch session was interrupted by rain which led to an early tea. Another rain interruption caused a lapse in concentration and the opening duo departed in quick succession. Rahane (10) and Pujara (35) tried to consolidate but gave away wickets after initial starts. Wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik was the final wicket to fall on the opening day for India, run-out for a paltry 4 runs.
For Afghanistan, the rain breaks helped the team after a poor showing in the first two sessions. With the ball getting old, both Wafadar and Yamin Ahmadzai got the ball to reverse. Spinner Rashid Khan and Mujeeb too got back in form and created pressure on the Indian batsman. Ahmadzai emerged as the most successful bowler for Afghanistan on Day 1, clinching 2 wickets while Wafadar, Rashid and Mujeeb chipped in with a wicket each. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Afghanistan, One-off Test, Day 1, straight from M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
18:05 IST: Thanks for joining our Day 1 coverage. Do join us tomorrow for the second day's play.
18:02 IST : STUMPS. India finish Day 1 of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at 347-6 in 78 overs. Dhawan (107) and Vijay (105 ) were the two century makers for India.
17:58 IST : FOUR! Ashwin creams the towards the extra-cover boundary. Wafadar is back on the attack. First ball is wide outside off-stump and Ashwin dispatches it for four. Ashwin moves on to 7. IND 347-6 after 77.1 overs.
17:47 IST : OUT! Dinesh Karthik's comeback in the Test circuit has not lasted long. Trying to go in for a cheeky single Karthik misjudges the run. Pandya sends him back but is too late to get back. Substitute fielder Nasir Jamal moves swiftly and wicket-keeper Zazai does the rest. DK is out after scoring 4 runs. Ashwin has walked in at number 8. IND 334 for 6 after 75 overs.
17:33 IST : REVIEW from Afghanistan! Original decision is NOT-OUT. DK misses the googly from Rashid Khan. Trapped in front but the angle suggests that the ball will miss the leg stump. Replay confirms that the ball is just clipping the leg-stump. Original decision STAYS. Karthik SURVIVES. IND 328-5 after 71 overs.
17:28 IST : OUT! Trying to run the ball fine down the leg side off Mujeeb, Pujara puts the ball straight into the hands short leg-slip fielder. Mohammad Nabi takes a brilliant low catch. Pujara is out after scoring 35. Afghan spinner are right up to the task now. After struggling in the opening two session, spinners have found their line and length and bowling terrifically. Hardik Pandya walks in at number 7. IND 328-5 after 70 overs.
17:15 IST : Dinesh Karthik walks in at number 6. Karthik is making is comeback into the Test arena after a gap of over 8 years. Karthik has replaced Wriddhiman Saha, who is out due to injury.
17:13 IST : REVIEW from Afghanistan! Original decision is NOT-OUT. Skipper misses the googly from Rashid Khan and is caught right in front of the stumps. The only factor was height but replay shows that the ball is hitting top of middle stump. Rahane walks back after scoring 10 runs. Rashid claims his first Test scalp after hard day's work. After bowling 20 overs and giving away 108 runs, Rashid Khan finally has something in the wicket's column. IND 318-4 after 67 overs
17:05 IST : FOUR! Final ball of the over is short from Mujeeb and Rahane rocks on to the back-foot and punches the ball towards point boundary for four. Rahane (10) is now in double digits alongside Pujara who is batting on 22. IND 311-3 after after 64 overs.
16:56 IST : Risky leave from Pujara. Ball is old now and reversing. Second ball from Yamin jags back in. Misses the off-stump by a whisker. IND 304-3 after 61.2 overs.
16:47 IST : Pujara collects three boundaries off Stanikzai's second over. Skipper has been bowling short and wide and that's what Pujara will do to you all day if you ball him there. Three boundaries take Pujara to 19 off 20 balls. IND 304-3 after 60 overs.
16:40 IST : REVIEW from Rahane! Original decision is OUT. Short ball from Ahmadzai, Rahane tries to pull but misses. A bit of deflection and umpire adjourns out. Confident Rahane straight away reviews it. Replay clearly shows that the ball rubbed Rahane's left shoulder. Decision has been changed. Rahane SURVIVES. Sigh of relief for the Indian skipper. IND 290-3 after 59 overs.
16:33 IST : It's time for some medium pacers. Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai has come on to bowl in the 58th over. IND 288-3 after 57 overs.
16:26 IST : Pujara (4) and skipper Rahane (4) are battling it out at the center. After losing Vijay and Rahul in quick succession, both are pretty watchful at the moment. Wafadar and Ahmadzai are now bowling at good line and lengths. IND 288-3 after 56 overs.
16:10 IST : OUT! Back-to-back wickets for Afghanistan. After Wafadar, Ahmadzai is in action. Trying to cut the ball, Rahul chops it back onto the stumps. Departs after scoring 54. IND 284-3 after 52.1 overs.
16:05 IST : REVIEW from Vijay! Umpire has ruled OUT. Vijay misreads an in-swinger from Wafadar. Not offering the shot proves fatal for Vijay. Although the impact was outside the off-stump but umpire's call prevails. India loses opener Murli Vijay for 105. IND 280-2
15:58 IST : FIFTY for Rahul! Continuing his terrific IPL form, Rahul reaches his fifty in 61-balls. Googly from Rashid Khan falls short and Rahul paddles the ball towards fine-leg for a four. IND 277-1 after 51 overs.
15:51 IST : HUNDRED FOR VIJAY! Another hundred for India on Day 1. What a way to get to his 12th Test ton. Short and wide outside off from Wafadar and Vijay lofts the ball over point for a four. IND 268-1
15:50 IST : Rashid Khan continues from where he left off. Two dot balls to finish the 49th over. IND 264-1
15:45 IST : Great news from Bengaluru! Covers are off and play will resume at 15:48 IST
15:06 IST : Now that's Frustrating! Another rain stoppage. This time it's looking even heavier. Covers are yet again on the ground. Vijay runs back to the pavilion trying to avoid the drizzle. Vijay is batting on 99 alongside Rahul who is on 44. IND 264-1 after 48.4 overs.
14:55 IST : FOUR! Boundary from Rahul off Wafadar to finish off the 46th over, moves on to 37. IND 253-1.
14:50 IST : Vijay and Rahul are at the center. Wafadar to continue where he left off. Vijay is batting on 94, inching closer towards his 12th Test ton. Rahul is accompanying him on the score of 33. IND 248-1.
14:40 IST : Players are on the ground. Match about to resume in next 10 minutes. Scheduled closing time has been extended to 17:29 IST.
14:30 IST : Great News from the center! The covers are coming off after loss of 59 minutes of play. Match will resume at 14:50 IST.
13:57 IST : Early TEA has been taken. Pitch is still under the covers as rain has returned. Tea is between 13.55 and 14.15 IST.
Match delayed due to Rain
13:31 IST : Rain stops play! This is not a pleasant sight to watch. Covers are on the ground and players from both the teams are back in the pavilion. Rain has interrupted the play in the 49th over of the first inning. Hoping it to be a passing shower. IND 248-1 after 48.1 overs.
13:25 IST : FOUR! Viajy dealing in boundaries at the moment. Short ball outside off-stump from Nabi and Vijay rocks the ball towards the point for a boundary. Vijay too inching towards a ton, batting on 88 at the moment. IND 238-1 after 44 overs.
13:16 IST : Deft touch from Vijay! 102 km/hr ball wide outside off-stump from Mujeeb and Vijay plays the late-cut to perfection. FOUR! for Vijay. The opener has quietly reached onto 84 off 120 balls. IND 228-1 after 42 overs.
13:09 IST : Another FIFTY run partnership! It has been good outing for the home team so far. After a brilliant opening stand, Rahul and Vijay have stitched another 50-run partnership in 71 balls. IND 223-1 after 41 overs.
12:59 IST : Four and Four! KL Rahul collects two boundaries off Mujeeb's over. Brilliant timing on the first one as the ball pierces between extra-cover and mid-off. The second one being gentle square-drive that went through point and covers. Rahul quickly reaches onto 14. IND 209-1 after 38 overs.
12:55 IST : 200 up for India! Vijay punches the ball off Nabi towards extra-cover and completes the single taking India to 200 in 36.3 overs. India have scored runs at a brisk rate of 5.48 so far.
12:35 IST : Vijay collects three boundaries in Rashid's over. All the boundaries have come in the same mid-wicket direction. The teen spin-wizard has struggled in the match so far, dragging down the leg-side and providing juicy full-toses to Vijay. IND 186-1 after 32 overs.
12:20 IST : FIFTY for Vijay! That was Vijay's sixteenth half century in Test cricket. Tap towards fine leg off Rashid Khan and Vijay completes his fifty with a single. A patient knock from the right-hander. IND 174-1 after 30 overs.
12:19 IST : KL Rahul Comes in at number 3 slot. India's regular number 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has moved down and will hopefully bat at number four position. After a sublime IPL outing, Rahul has been promoted at number 3 hsa come in after Dhawan's departure.
12:19 IST : OUT! : First wicket for Afghanistan and Yamin Ahmadzai in Test cricket. Dhawan flashes hard outside off-stump but manages only a thick outside edge. After a wobble at second slip Mohammed Nabi standing at first slip completes the catch. Dhawan perishes after scoring a terrific 107. IND 168-1 after 29 overs
12:14 IST : Eight runs have come off Rashid Khan's first over post lunch. Runs are leaking at a brisk pace for Afghanistan. Pure timing from Murli Vijay on the final ball of the over as he collects a boundary towards mid-on. IND 166-0 after 28 overs.
12:10 IST : Rashid Khan is all set to open the proceedings in the second session. IND 158-0 after 27 overs.
12:07 IST : We are BACK! Afghanistan team is back on the ground warming up for the second session of the day. Lunch would not have been easy to swallow for the visitors as India are in a commanding position after the first session on Day 1. The opening stands that were missing during the South Africa Test series are back with Dhawan and Vijay providing a prolific start. India will look on to pounce on the brilliant start while Afghanistan team will be eager to get their first breakthrough.
11:30 IST : That's Lunch : India are 158 without loss at lunch on Day 1. Shikhar Dhawan has played blockbuster of a knock, batting on 104 alongside Murli Vijay (41) who has played a brilliant supporting role at the other end. Apart from a close call off Wafadar's bowling at the start, Dhawan has looked phenomenal at the center. Dashing southpaw reached his seventh ton in mere 87 balls clobbering 19 boundaries and three sixes so far. It has been a perfect start for India in their season opener. As far as Afghanistan are concerned, skipper Asghar Stanikzai has to come up with different strategy as spin-heavy Afghan side are currently struggling to create an impact on the match. Both Dhawan and Vijay have played the Afghan spin-trio of Rashid, Mujeed and Nabi with ease. Five bowlers used by the skipper have failed to deliver till now.
11:26 IST : HUNDRED for DHAWAN! Tossed up ball from Rashid Khan and Dhawan creams the ball for a boundary bisecting mid-off and extra-cover. Dhawan has played like a rockstar reaching his seventh ton in just 87 balls. IND 153-0 after 25.5 overs.
11:22 IST : BANG! and its another FOUR from Dhawan. This time its Mujeeb who is facing the wrath from Dhawan. Terrific footwork from the southpaw as he yet again deposits the ball towards long-off boundary. Dhawan is on 96 now!
11:15 IST : 15 minutes to go for Lunch! Dhawan is batting on 82. Can he reach the three figure mark before lunch? Although there is no hurry but the way Dhawan has been striking the ball since morning, it seems to be a possible task. IND 124-0 after 22 overs.
11:07 IST : First review from Afghanistan and Dhawan survives! Huge appeal from Rashid Khan as the final ball of the over traps Dhawan in front of the stumps. Replay shows that the ball was going over the stumps. On-field umpire Chris Gaffaney decision stays. IND 109-0 after 20 overs.
11:05 IST : 100 up for India! What a way to cross 100-run. Dhawan is breathing fire at the moment. Dances down the track and deposits the ball off Rashid over long-off boundary for a six. IND 104-0 after 19.4 overs.
11:00 IST : Another Bowling Change! Wafadar has been finally taken off after a lengthy 8-over spell. Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been brought on. All-spin attack now from from captain Asghar Stanikzai. World's two best spinners bowling in tandem now for Afghanistan.
10:48 IST : Excellent second over from Rashid Khan after a horrendous 13-run opening over. Two terrific googlies to Dhawan and a close call against Vijay on the final ball of the over. Just a single in the second over for Rashid Khan. IND 80-0 after 16 overs.
10:39 IST : Fifty for Dhawan! Juicy full toss from Rashid Khan and Dhawan punches the ball to collect a boundary. 51 off 48 balls from Dhawan. The southpaw is dealing in boundaries and has taken on the spinners, collecting three boundaries off Rashid's first over. IND 75-0 after 14 overs.
10:36 IST : Rashid Khan is here! Second bowling change for Afghanistan as teenage sensation Rashid Khan has been brought on by skipper Asghar Stanikzai.
10:32 IST : Drinks! India have started off on a positive note. Both Dhawan and Vijay have negotiated the new ball pretty well. Dhawan has attacked spinner Nabi in his three overs, collecting two boundaries in the over just before drinks. Wafadar has been the bowler to watch out for in the first 13 over and till now has bowled six overs troubling both Dhawan and Vijay on a couple of occasions. IND 62-0 after 13 overs.
10:25 IST : Fifty up on the board for India! Dhawan and Vijay collect 12 runs in the 11th over to take the team's total fifty. IND 54-0 after 11 overs.
10:21 IST : SIX! First six of the match. Dhawan dances down the track and clobbers Nabi for a maximum over his head. IND 48-0 after 10.1 overs.
10:15 IST : Nabi ends his first over giving away only a single. Both Dhawan and Vijay have been watchful. Single for Dhawan in the ninth over. IND 41-0 after 9 overs.
10:11 IST : First bowling change for Afghanistan. Spin it is. Asghar Stanikzai brings off-spinner Mohammad Nabi on the attack in the ninth over. IND 40-0 after 8 overs.
10:06 IST : 13 runs off the seventh over. Yamin has not been accurate with his line and length. Two boundaries on the leg and one on the off side for southpaw Dhawan. IND 36-0
10:02 IST : WIDE! First wide ball of the match. Yamin throws the ball too far outside the off-stump after getting hit by Dhawan for a boundary towards square leg on the previous ball. IND 28-0
09:57 IST : After the end of five overs India are 18 without loss. There hasn't been much of a movement off the seam in the first five overs. Both Yamin and Wafadar have bowled decently, occasionally drifting down the leg side. Indian openers have been watchful and have played the ball according to the merit. IND 18-0 after 5 overs
09:43 IST : Couple of boundaries to end the second over. Dhawan slams two boundaries off Wafadar towards cover region in the second over. IND 10-0 after 2 overs.
09:40 IST : Decent start from Afghanistan. Just a couple of singles in the first over. c Ahmadzai has bowled with a decent line and length. However his speed has only been in the mid 120's. IND 2-0 after 1 over.
09:35 IST : Right on the money! Wicket to wicket ball from Yamin Ahmadzai and Vijay taps it for a single. India open their account. IND 1-0
09:30 IST : Shikhar Dhawan and Murli Vijay are out at the center to start the proceedings for India. Yamin Ahmadzai will open the bowling for Afghanistan. Murli Vijay will face the first ball. Three slips and a gully for Afghanistan in the opening over.
09:20 IST : Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in on the ground alongside BCCI and ACB officials for the historic occasion.
09:14 IST : Playing XI for India : Murli Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
09:13 IST : First ever Test playing XI for Afghanistan : Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
09:00 IST : Toss : India win the toss and opt to bat first against Afghanistan.
08:53 IST : Pitch Report : Lots of lateral movement expected on Day 1 of the Test as there is a tinge of green on the surface. Bright sunshine on the the ground. Win the toss and bowl first says Sunil Gavaskar in his pitch report.
08:50 IST : Boys are on the field, warming-up ahead of the toss.
08:46 IST : Big day is finally here for Afghanistan as they gear up for their maiden Test against number one ranked team India.
08:45 IST : Hello and welcome to the live blog of Day 1 of the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan straight from M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England. With a spin-heavy squad, the Afghans may be surely aiming for a fairy tale start to their Test journey as skipper Asghar Stanikzai also backed his spinners being better than the home trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep. In reality, the Indians have been more or less comfortable against the slower bowlers in the previous season barring the first Test against Australia in Pune last year. Afghanistan, on the other hand, won't find the going too easy against the seasoned Indian campaigners. While the star-studded bowling line-up has hogged most of the limelight, the Afghans would expect their batsmen to contribute equally if they hope for a dream start to their Test journey.