"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first global test match".
The Afghans were granted one-day global competitive status by the ICC in 2009, but the rigors of cricket's five-day Test format will be new to the Afghan players, making India the overwhelming favorite in the match.
Seamer Yamin Ahmadzai claimed Afghanistan´s first wicket in test cricket after the lunch break when Dhawan edged him to Rahmat Shah, who parried it towards the safe hands of Mohammad Nabi at first slip. First ball is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. India Standard Time on Thursday, June 14, at 40,000-seat M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India. Kohli's deputy, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in Bengaluru. "Best wishes to both teams", he wrote.
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.
Rashid could have immediately got his second Test wicket in the form of the unsafe Pujara, who on 30 was dropped at first slip by Mohammed Nabi.
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Whether the Afghan bravado holds up over 20 wickets across five days remains to be seen.
Following a couple of rain delays, the Afghans improved dramatically and it was their seamers rather than their much-vaunted spinners who made the initial breakthroughs, much to the delight of a few clusters of flag-waving Afghan supporters in the stands.
"The kind of improvement they have shown in white ball cricket is phenomenal". The only time they struggled was against Australia in 2017. "But experience pays and it can not be easily bought", Karthik told Fox Sports. "Everyone knows Afghanistan is a tough place and the turmoil that they are going through, yet they are able to inspire people with their performances".
Afghanistan will face the number one team and all eyes will be on them on how do they perform.
Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game". The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app.
The hapless bowlers struggled with the "Test match length", especially the spinners who are used to ball flat and quick. Access the Indian Hotstar site at this link.