India vs Afghanistan, Only Test, Day 1 - Statistical Highlights

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

Afghanistan's bowlers claimed some late success on their Test debut after the Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay had both made centuries on a rain-hit opening day in Bengaluru.

Afghanistan - who were awarded Test status in June 2017 - rallied late on, taking three wickets for 16 runs.

Vijay was trapped leg before wicket by Wafadar after scoring his third consecutive Test century in India.

India's sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

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BCCI - which is spearheading India's carefully choreographed cricket diplomacy to steal a march over Pakistan - has even invited Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani to watch his team play its first Test match against India at Bangalore.

The list of players to score a century in the first session of the game includes Victor Trumper, Charles Macartney, Don Bradman, Majid Khan and David Warner.

The previous record for highest score by an India batsman in the first session of a Test was 99 runs by Virender Sehwag against West Indies in Gros Islet in 2006.

104 - The 104 runs Dhawan scored in the first session are the 2nd most by an Indian in a session before lunch on any day in Test cricket.

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But the Afghan bowlers struck back with four wickets in the final session as the hosts slipped from 280-1 to 347 for six at stumps at Bangalore´s M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

India's role in Afghan cricket is evident from a tender the External Affairs Ministry recently floated for making a 10-minute movie titled: Afghan Cricketers: The Rising Stars to showcase the rise of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi on Indian soil.

But soon the rookies realised they were up against the world´s top Test side as Dhawan galloped to his century in just 87 deliveries, becoming the first Indian batsman to reach three figures on the opening day before lunch. There's some grass but in India it's important to bat first. "It's important to start well after coming off the IPL".

"The whole world knows that (we have good spinners like) Rashid Khan, Mujeeb, Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Zahir Khan", Stanikzai was quoted as saying by ESPN. "It is a historic moment for Afghanistan, I'm really excited", Rahane said. India went into the match without its regular captain Virat Kohli, who is now undergoing a rehabilitation for a neck injury that he sustained during IPL 2018.

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In fact, Gavaskar believes Shikhar Dhawan should have scored a double ton against Afghanistan.

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