IND vs AFG Test: Dhawan becomes first Indian to score century before lunch

It was only when Mohammad Nabi came into the attack, Dhawan decided to showcase his full range of shots

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Bengaluru: Shikhar Dhawan today became the first Indian player to score a century in Test cricket before lunch, joining an esteemed list of former cricketers, including the legendary Don Bradman. He became the sixth player in the world to score a century before lunch.

The explosive Indian opener hammered 19 fours and 3 sixes as he reached his century in 91 balls on the opening day of the historic India-Afghanistan test match at Chinnaswamy stadium here.

Last year, Australia’s dashing opener David Warner scored 100 not out before lunch against Pakistan. Other five players who achieved this milestone in the past are Victor Trumper (103 not out before lunch) against England in 1902, Charlie Macartney (112 not out) against England in 1926, Bradman (105 not out) against England in 1930, Majid Khan (108 not out) against New Zealand in 1976.

Before Dhawan, the previous record for best score for India in the first session was held by Virender Sehwag, who had scored 99 runs in St Lucia against West Indies in 2006.

Afghanistan took a mighty step in cricket history when captain Asghar Stanikzai leads his team out for their first-ever Test match against India on Thursday.

Afghanistan, who are rising through the ranks of world cricket, have named a spin-heavy squad for their debut Test to give India a taste of their own medicine. The squad comprises five spinners in Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan and left-arm spinner Hamza Kotak, who incidentally emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the recently concluded first-class competition.

Unfortunately for Afghanistan, it didn’t exactly turn out to be a good first session in their maiden Test as Shikhar Dhawan ran riot (104* off 91 balls) to power India to 158 for no loss at the Lunch break. 
India, who opted to bat, were off to a slightly tentative start. Yamin Ahmadzai, with an open-chested action, troubled Murali Vijay by nipping it both ways. The veteran batsman perhaps was struggling to pick from the slightly awkward action of Ahmadzai. 

Rain stopped play again on the opening day of one-off Test between India and Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

Opener Murali Vijay (99) and KL Rahul (44) were at the crease with India at 264 for one in 48.4 overs when heavens opened up again.

Only 3.3 overs could be bowled with India adding 16 runs since play started following a long rain interruption which cost about 59 minutes of play.

India was at 248 for one in 45.1 overs when the rain had stopped play for the first time. With rain lashing the stadium, India had taken an early tea.

Brief Score:

India: 264 for one in 48.4 overs (S Dhawan 107; M Vijay 99; Y Ahmadzai 1/28).