Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Narendra Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan

Narendra Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan

The likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were hit for runs in one-day style. Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

To watch a live stream of the India vs. Afghanistan first and only Test cricket match from Bangalore, India, in the United States, the only source is the USA affiliate of India streaming site Hotstar at this link. Afghanistan claimed their first Test wicket in the shortened session, but India remain in control on 248/1, with Vijay approaching a century. After, Dhawan's wicket K L Rahul came to the crease and played some classic shots.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a matter of pride and honour for India to host Afghanistan's maiden Test match and paid tribute to the war-ravaged country's indomitable spirit.

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Dhawan was soon caught in the slips off seamer Yamin Ahmadzai, who picked up Afghanistan's first Test wicket.

Dhawan's century came off just 88 balls and was punctuated with 19 fours and three sixes.

"These achievements have come about in challenging and hard circumstances".

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What's more, the left-handed batsman became the first Indian to score a ton in the first session on day one of a Test. It is a historic moment for Afghanistan as they would now become the 12th nation to play Test cricket.

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.

Dhawan made his intentions clear right at the start when he took on 18-year-old afghan pacer Wafadar, punching two consecutive boundaries through the cover region. 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".

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By the end of the day, however, leg-spinner Rashid Khan was showing exactly why he is one of the most exciting young cricketers in world cricket, taking the scalp of India captain Ajinkya Rahane and showing off his full array of magical deliveries as Test cricket's newcomers finished the day in the ascendancy. He targeted Mohammad Nabi hammering a six and four.

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