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Thursday 14 Jun 2018 02.53 PM

Dhawan, Vijay take India to 248/1 as rain stops play

Dhawan, Vijay, Rain

Shikhar Dhawan gave Afghanistan a rude reality check on what longest format is all about with a first session hundred as ruthless India reached 248 for 1 before heavens opened up forcing an early tea on the opening day of the one-off Test.

Dhawan bludgeoned the rookie Afghan bowlers into submission with a power-packed 96-ball-107 while Murali Vijay grinded the opposition with a solid unbeaten 94 off 128 as the duo set the platform for a mammoth first innings total with a stand of 168 in only 28.4 overs.

Incidentally Dhawan became the first ever Indian batsman to score a century in the first session of a Test match joining the illustrious ranks of Sir Don Bradman, Victor Trumper, Majid Khan, David Warner.The third specialist opener in the side KL Rahul (33 off 48 balls) played some attractive strokes before the stoppage of play.

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons' statement about not knowing what it's all about till you get there seemed prophetic as the talented bunch of cricketers got their introductory lessons in red ball cricket from two openers, who have played 85 Test matches between themselves.

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