India's Nair reacts at Afghan skipper Stanikzai bold statement on spinners
14 June, 2018, 17:26
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he hoped a historic cricket match between India and Afghanistan would strengthen ties between the South Asian neighbours and allies in the fight against militancy in the region. The match will start at 9.30 AM, which means the toss will take place at 9.00 AM. In a tweet, PM Modi wrote, "I congratulate the people of Afghanistan as their cricket team plays their first worldwide test match".
With Vijay playing sedate innings at the other end, Dhawan looked unstoppable and got to his seventh test ton in mere 87 balls even as the famed Afghan spin trio of Mohammed Nabi, Rashid and Mujeeb Ur Rahman seemed all at sea with this format.
Two balls later, Lokesh Rahul, promoted to number three ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara, chopped an innocuous Ahmadzai delivery onto his stumps to depart after a fluent 54.Leading the Indian side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is recovering from a neck injury, Rahane made 10 before becoming Rashid´s maiden test victim.
The match between India and Afghanistan is labelled to be a historic one.
Asghar Stanikzai will Captain Afghanistan in the war-torn country's first Test cricket match.
Rahane said it would be an "honour" for every Indian player to be part of the match and acknowledged Afghanistan's big moment on the cricket field.
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Rashid could have immediately got his second Test wicket in the form of the unsafe Pujara, who on 30 was dropped at first slip by Mohammed Nabi. But don't tell that to Stanizai, who says that his team's spin bowlers will outduel India's world-class veteran "spin twins, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, he boasted to the Times of India".
Whether the Afghan bravado holds up over 20 wickets across five days remains to be seen.
Nair further added "All of our spinners have proven themselves in Test cricket, so there isn't much to add to that". The only time they struggled was against Australia in 2017. "It has been a lovely journey for them".
Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began.
Channel: The historic Test match between the two teams will be telecast at StarSports Network. The U.S. Hotstar service is also available on mobile phones and the Roku set-top streaming box by downloading the Hotstar app. Hotstar.com will live stream the match.
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