India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test

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Despite praising the nascent achievements of Afghanistan as an global cricket team, Karthik has stated that Indian spinners will be a lot more experienced than their counterparts and have the ability to change the course of the game.

KL Rahul has come in at number three. The Delhi batsman reached his seventh Test hundred off just 87 balls to keep India noses in front. First time users, however, will have to register to catch the action.

Shikhar Dhawan gave Afghanistan a rude reality check on what longest format is all about as his 87-ball-century took India to a comfortable 158 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of the one-off Test here today.

Undoubtedly, the first session belonged to the hosts, with the Afghans' Test cricket debut starting with a nightmare. 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.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman. However, Rashid Khan had a flawless chance to dismiss the unsafe Dhawan in the 20 over, when the Afghans went for a review in an appeal for LBW. We are not taking them lightly at all. There was a faint edge and remember, they had appealed for the caught behind. Furthermore, both Dhawan and Murali Vijay will like to get India in a more commanding position after the lunch on day one.

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Led by Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan become the 12th test playing nation in less than two decades after being recognised by International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001.

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Consequently, Dhawan also took the attack against Afghanistan best spinner Rashid Khan.

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said that putting the spotlight on Khan's talents is helping the other players focus on improving.

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