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

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Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland a year ago, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognised by the ICC in 2001.

The Indian team will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who is resting, and are overwhelming favourites.

An unidentified player of Afghanistan cricket team covers himself with a towel as he runs for shelter during sudden rains at a training session ahead of one-off test match against India in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

The left-hander has scored over 100 runs in a session before, though, doing so against Australia on debut in Mohali in 2013, and then against Sri Lanka in Galle previous year. "Coming back after a long time is special, it's good to have him in the team". We are prepared. Our batsmen have faced different bowlers - spinners and pacers both - and that is the best preparation.

BCCI - which is spearheading India's carefully choreographed cricket diplomacy to steal a march over Pakistan - has even invited Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani to watch his team play its first Test match against India at Bangalore.

"They are all good players and have good experience in Test cricket". "We will try to play better cricket than India in a positive way".

The Asghar Stanizkai-led team, who learnt their cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan, were awarded Test status previous year along with Ireland. Afghanistan went on to draw the match and gave tough competition to the home side and eventually went on to win the tournament with 6 victories in 7 matches.

Khan was one of a handful of Afghan players in this year's Indian Premier League and proved one of its most risky bowlers.

For the Afghans, Ahmadzai was the pick of the bowlers with a couple of wickets while Wafadar, Rashid and Mujeeb contributed with one wicket apiece.

And yet still the Afghans seemed determined to enjoy themselves, none more so than Mohammad Shahzad, the portly opening batsman establishing himself as a firm favourite with the Indian crowd for his whole-hearted efforts in the field.

The sensational wrist spinner, Rashid Khan, still few months short of his 20 birthday, is set to be the star attraction in the country's first-ever Test match. We don't want to take anyone lightly, but we're lucky to be part of this historic first Test.

He continued in his role as leader of the pace attack and was an important part of the side led by MS Dhoni that eventually lifted the inagural edition of the World T20 in South Africa.

"We all know the stats but we don't focus on them".

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