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Cricket: Afghanistan fight back as India reach 347-6 in test debut

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Afghanistan displayed their abdomen for a fight in their maiden test by claiming 5 wickets in the ultimate session to go away India on 347 for six after the opening day of the one-off contest on Thursday.

India’s Shikhar Dhawan and fellow centurion Murali Vijay raised 168 runs for the opening stand to vindicate the choice to bat as the hosts cruised to 280 for one after completely dominating the primary two classes.

Afghanistan, who turned the 12th test enjoying nation, clawed their method back in the ultimate session on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with some lion-hearted efforts by the bowlers towards their top-ranked hosts.

Hardik Pandya was batting on 10 with Ravichandran Ashwin on seven on the different finish when stumps had been drawn.

Earlier, Dhawan turned the primary Indian to smash a century in the primary session of a test as he and Vijay capitalised on Afghanistan’s restricted bowling assets constructed round their spinners.

Left-handed Dhawan batted in the limited-overs mode to smash 107 off 96 balls, studding his blistering knock with 19 fours and three sixes.

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 in the direction of the secure arms of Mohammad Nabi at first slip.

Vijay then took cost and punished Afghanistan’s three-pronged spin assault of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Nabi on each side of the wicket.

However, the vacationers struck back in the ultimate session.

Vijay fell leg-before after providing no shot to a Wafadar supply to depart for 105. The right-hander’s 12th test century included 15 boundaries and a six.

Two balls later, Lokesh Rahul, promoted to quantity three forward of Cheteshwar Pujara, chopped an innocuous Ahmadzai supply onto his stumps to depart after a fluent 54.

Leading the Indian facet in the absence of normal skipper Virat Kohli, who’s recovering from a neck damage, Rahane made 10 earlier than turning into Rashid’s maiden test sufferer.

Pujara scored 35, whereas stumper Dinesh Karthik, enjoying his first test in eight years, made 4 earlier than being run out in the frantic third session.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru and Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; modifying by Ken Ferris

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