Afghanistan, who became the 12th test playing nation, clawed their way back in the final session at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with some lion-hearted efforts by the bowlers against their top-ranked hosts.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he hoped a historic cricket match between India and Afghanistan would strengthen ties between the South Asian neighbours and allies in the fight against militancy in the region.
When will India vs Afghanistan one-off Test match be played? Both teams were greeted by Rathore and the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr Abdullah Abdullah. Kohli's deputy, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in Bengaluru.
"I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first worldwide test match". The match will start at 9.30 AM, which means the toss will take place at 9.00 AM.
In the bowling department, India have the star spinning trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav along with pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur. Fellow paceman Wafadar, spin sensation Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up a wicket each. "Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India".
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Poulter also played in the morning, while Johnson and Henley played in the afternoon as the wind reached its full strength. That's a sharp contrast from previous year at Erin Hills, where 44 players broke par in the opening round to set a U.S.
"We are lucky that some of our best players are getting a chance to live in India and represent our nation", said an official with the Afghan Cricket Board.
Whether the Afghan bravado holds up over 20 wickets across five days remains to be seen.
India immediately lost another wicket when stumper Dinesh Karthik (4) departed off an unnecessary run-out with the scoreboard at 334/6. The only time they struggled was against Australia in 2017. "But experience pays and it can not be easily bought", Karthik told Fox Sports. It is an inspiration for global cricket.
Stanikzai is on record declaring in January that India has done much more for Afghan cricket than Pakistan, although Afghan cricket was born in the refugee camps in Pakistan where countless Afghan families took refuge from the recurring violence, which engulfed them in the 1980s and 1990s.
The strife-torn nation secured Test status past year along with Ireland, who lost their debut match to Pakistan in Dublin last month. India and now Afghanistan are now two major Asian forces in cricket. The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app. Access the Indian Hotstar site at this link.