Rahane insists India won’t take Test debutants Afghanistan lightly

India vs Afghanistan Shikhar Dhawan breaks Virender Sehwag’s record

Vijay is unbeaten on 72-ball 41.

Afghanistan is all set to lock horns against India in their first ever Test match at the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore on Thursday. Though they will be playing their first worldwide Test match, they could still have a meaningful impact on the result.

It is a historic moment for Afghanistan as they would now become the 12th nation to play Test cricket. However, Rashid Khan had a flawless chance to dismiss the unsafe Dhawan in the 20 over, when the Afghans went for a review in an appeal for LBW.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Stanikzai (Captain), Mohammed Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah Janat, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Yamin Ahmadzai Wafadar, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

The debutants will hope for a turnaround in the second session, and will hope to put on an improved show. India and Dhawan won't mind this though with fifty up in eleven overs.

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Khan, the top T20 bowler in ICC rankings, took the Indian Premier League by storm with his 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also impressed in the cash-rich tournament. Many argued that India was making a mistake by taking the visitors lightly and fielding a weakened XI.

India: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.

India's sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

Having won all their last six Test series at home in the previous season, the Indians are expected to sail through easily as they aim to start the season on a high and take the confidence to the five-Test rubber in England.

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