Afghan bowlers make comeback Vijay, Dhawan slam tons, India 347-6

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Jun 2018 11:58:24


 

BENGALURU

HUNDREDS from Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gave Afghanistan the expectedly tough initiation into Test cricket but the debutants managed to find their bearings to leave India a tad uncomfortable at 347 for 6 on a rain-curtailed first day of the historic one-off Test here.Dhawan (107 off 96 balls) bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a single session century while Vijay grinded them with a compact 105 off 153 balls as the duo smashed 168 in only 28.4 overs.However, the world No. 1 hosts did take their foot off the pedal in the final session losing five wickets for 99 runs in 32 overs. The result was that the day end scorecard didn’t paint a sorry picture for Afghanistan something that was threatening to happen after the first two sessions.
The final session definitely belonged to Afghanistan as their bowlers put up an inspired performance backed by the fielders.


Vijay and a well-set KL Rahul (54 off 64 balls) were removed in quick succession by the impressive pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai (2-32 in 13 overs) and Wafadar (1-53 in 15 overs).
The Vijay-Rahul second wicket partnership yielded 112 runs but their dismissals brought about a collapse.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (10 off 45 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (35) couldn’t maintain the momentum giving the visiting team bowlers something to cheer about in the final session.Rahane became Rashid Khan’s maiden Test scalp while Mujeeb ur Rahman got Pujara caught at leg-gully with one that spun in sharply.Comeback-man Dinesh Karthick (4) was run-out needlessly as a solid foundation laid by the openers was wasted by the middle-order.Rashid (1-120 in 26 overs) conceded a ‘century’, getting a reality check on the enormous gulf between T20 and Test cricket during the first two sessions.