Afghanistan v India - Inaugural Test Match - Preview - the Red Ball Challenge

Afghanistan v India - Inaugural Test Match - Preview - the Red Ball Challenge

Afghanistan v India - Inaugural Test Match - Preview - the Red Ball Challenge

Afghanistan will bowl first in their debut Test match after stand-in India captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat in the one-off match in Bengaluru.

Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland past year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001. While the statement created quite a stir in the cricketing fraternity, India's stumper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik, has shot back saying that the host team has a lot of experience-something that matters the most in Test cricket.

"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first global Test match". "It achieved the Test playing status previous year".

It is a common perception that Afghanistan may not be well prepared for the Tests as they are coming here after a successful T20 series against Bangladesh in Dehradun last week.

Afghanistan will take a sense of excitement, not nerves, onto the pitch for their maiden test match on Thursday, skipper Asghar Stanikzai says. "My parents even forbid my siblings and I to play cricket outside our home", Khan, one of 12 children, said in a recent interview with Afghan media.

"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat".

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

India's Hotstar service will also live stream the Test match in that country.

On the eve of making it to the elite club, Afghanistan Cricket Board CEO, Shafiq Stanikzai, said that his impoverished country owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI), adding emotionally that the "debt can never be repaid".

But Stanikzai said they are determined to show their rise to a Test nation less than two decades after being recognised by the International Cricket Council in 2001 is merited. The most to suffer was leg spinner Rashid Khan who had a great IPL but left clueless against free stroking Indian openers. "What is important is that every test match counts and we can't take them lightly". "His experience, his form - the way he was batting in the Asia Cup especially and also in the IPL. his experience playing those domestic games [will help us]".

Dhawan hit 19 fours and three sixes as he set about the Afghan bowlers including spin sensation Rashid Khan, smashing three boundaries in the teenager´s opening over to bring up his 50.

"Everybody knew what a tough place it is, and the turmoil it faces, but they are able to inspire people with their performances".

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