BANGALORE, India: Rain halted India’s surge on the opening day of Afghanistan’s Test debut with the hosts 248 for one in the second session in Bangalore on Thursday.
India rode on a 168-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan, who smashed 107, and Murali Vijay, batting on 94, to give Afghanistan a rough start to their five-day journey.
Lokesh Rahul was giving Vijay, who registered his 16th Test half-century, company on 33 as early tea was taken at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Paceman Yamin Ahmadzai gave the Afghans their first Test wicket after getting Dhawan, who hit his 87-ball century before lunch, caught at slip early in the second session.
The Asghar Stanikzai-led team were awarded Test status last year along with Ireland.—AFP