Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Afghanistan pull India back with 5 wickets in final session

Afghanistan pull India back with 5 wickets in final session

Afghanistan have hit back with five wickets after Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay scored centuries for India to finish day one of the one-off Test at 6-347.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan became the 12th Test-playing nation after getting the Test status in June, last year.

The absence of Kohli from the Indian team has been one of the talking points but Phil Simmons, Afghanistan head coach, is unperturbed by Kohli's absence as he has stressed on defeating team India in their first ever Test match.

"Over the last three days, the focus has been on tuning our minds, especially because we're coming in after two months of the IPL". On Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai's statement that their spinners were better, Rahane said, "Every member believes that their team is good, be it the bowling or batting department".

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The strife-torn nation secured Test status past year along with Ireland, who lost their debut match to Pakistan in Dublin last month. India has helped Afghanistan make the country their "home", extending all facilities to let their players grow away from the turmoil back home.

"Mujeeb has just come in, he had a successful IPL".

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. Led by Ajinkya Rahane, the hosts have rested Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah while keeper Wriddhiman Saha is injured and Mohammed Shami unfit. "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 have also been part of four Twenty20 World Cups.

After having dominated pacers at the start of the innings, Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai brought his veteran player Mohammad Nabi in order to introduce his spin attack in the 9th over and later his star leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the 14th over. Afghanistan has achieved a lot in world cricket in the past few years, they have managed to play in World T20 regularly since 2010, have qualified for the 50-over World Cups in 2015 and will play in the next edition as well. They expect us to perform well because recently Afghanistan performed really well in the T20s and ODIs.

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