Ravindra Jadeja says the pacers started off really well. Terrific footwork from the southpaw as he yet again deposits the ball towards long-off boundary. He is a livewire in the field and there is a perfect example of that. For the second time in the day, Jadeja has got the better of Rashid. The southpaw became the first India and sixth batsmen in the world to score a century before lunch on day 1 of Test match. With no pressure of asking rate, a Murali Vijay or a Chesteshwar Pujara, if set, will play at their own pace.
It is short and outside off, gets it to bounce a touch extra. Tap towards fine leg off Rashid Khan and Vijay completes his fifty with a single. Replays roll in and they show that there is no bat involved. The ball pitches just outside the off stump and jags back in, the batsmen is too late to react and that' it. Yamin has not been accurate with his line and length. Bull's eye from Hardik sends Shahzad back! Ashwin creams the towards the extra-cover boundary. After bowling 20 overs and giving away 108 runs, Rashid Khan finally has something in the wicket's column.
Further adds he just tried to swing the ball and bowl it in the right areas. India finish Day 1 of the one-off Test against Afghanistan at 347-6 in 78 overs. Great gesture from Rahane: he asks the Afghanistan players to join them. Shahzad starts walking back cheaply, again. India vs Afghanistan Test Match Predictions. With Ravindra Jadeja to follow, India still have an upper hand in the match but a couple of quick wickets on day 2 can change the game.
Mujeeb what have you done? Yes, not a lot is expected of you with the bat but you have been defending all this while and maybe should have played another defensive stroke on Jadeja's last ball of the over. Ashwin gets his second and Afghanistan lose a review. India have enforced the follow on here in Bengaluru. Shikhar Dhawan received the Man of the match. That is really unfortunate for the wicketkeeper batsman. The stand which looked promising has been broken and Afghanistan have half their side back in the hut. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger.
It takes an age to come down, as if to indicate he is not in total agreement to play that. The ball dips in front of the keeper who takes it safely. Although there is no hurry but the way Dhawan has been striking the ball since morning, it seems to be a possible task. The ball sneaks through even before the bat is down and hits the him on the pads. Apart from a close call off Wafadar's bowling at the start, Dhawan has looked phenomenal at the center.
Nabi has been given his marching orders. Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai has come on to bowl in the 58th over. Two dot balls to finish the 49th over. Playing a Test match is always special. Wafadar has been finally taken off after a lengthy 8-over spell.
Full ball outside off, Dhawan edges the drive to second slip where Mohammad Nabi grabs the catch on the second attempt. Dhawan continues his good form by whipping a full ball from Ahmedzai on his pads to the deep mid wicket fence. The problem with Afghanistan will not be their spinners but their batsmen. What a way to cross 100-run. He looks to defend but it is half-hearted. Vijay is batting on 94, inching closer towards his 12th Test ton. Shikhar Dhawan has played blockbuster of a knock, batting on 104 alongside Murli Vijay 41 who has played a brilliant supporting role at the other end.
Both Rashid and Mujeeb have hit back strongly in the match after going for runs earlier in the day. For Afghanistan, the opening two sessions went pretty bad but the visitors bounced back in the final session, claiming crucial wickets at regular intervals. Ravichandran once again floats it up on off, it is the carom ball. What impact he can create for Afghanistan? Trying to cut the ball, Rahul chops it back onto the stumps. This was after India had scored 474 in their first innings.
The teen spin-wizard has struggled in the match so far, dragging down the leg-side and providing juicy full-toses to Vijay. The only factor was height but replay shows that the ball is hitting top of middle stump. Short ball outside off-stump from Nabi and Vijay rocks the ball towards the point for a boundary. Hardik and Rahul also contributed with half centuries. With no pressure of asking rate, a Murali Vijay or a Chesteshwar Pujara, if set, will play at their own pace.
Covers are on the ground and players from both the teams are back in the pavilion. Yamin Ahmadzai will open the bowling for Afghanistan. For Afghanistan, the rain breaks helped the team after a poor showing in the first two sessions. Rahane 10 is now in double digits alongside Pujara who is batting on 22. Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja have two apiece The big news coming in is that India have enforced the follow-on. Full and down the leg side, Pujara looks to defend but this is the carrom ball.