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Shikhar Dhawan reaches career-best 24, Murali Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja move up too in ICC rankings

Shikhar Dhawan’s knock of 107 in the historic Test against Afghanistan saw him become the first Indian to complete a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test match.
Shikhar Dhawan is now 24th in ICC Test rankings.(AFP)
Shikhar Dhawan is now 24th in ICC Test rankings.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 19, 2018 04:41 PM IST
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India vs Afghanistan: Two-day win shows gulf between the sides

India managed to bundle out Afghanistan twice in two sessions; for 109 in 27.5 overs between lunch and tea and for 103 in 38.4 overs in the last session to complete a facile win.
Members of Indian cricket team greet each other and Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi (3R) after India won the one-off cricket test match in Bangalore, India, Friday, June 15, 2018.(AP)
Members of Indian cricket team greet each other and Afghanistan's Hashmatullah Shahidi (3R) after India won the one-off cricket test match in Bangalore, India, Friday, June 15, 2018.(AP)
Updated on Jun 16, 2018 02:52 AM IST
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We were excited, nervous at the start: Afghanistan pacer Yamin Ahmadzai

Although Afghanistan struggled massively in the first two sessions leaking runs and looking a bit lost in the middle, the team did manage to pull things back in the last session by taking five wickets.
Afghanistan bowler Yamin Ahmadzai bowls during the one-off India Vs Afghanistan Test cricket match at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(AFP)
Afghanistan bowler Yamin Ahmadzai bowls during the one-off India Vs Afghanistan Test cricket match at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 08:13 PM IST
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India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test, Day 1, Bangalore: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul cement IND’s dominance

Shikhar Dhawan scored a magnificent century while Murali Vijay neared a century as India reached a wonderful position against Afghanistan in the one-off Test in Afghanistan.
Shikhar Dhawan’s century and Murali Vijay’s magnificent knock put India on top in the one-off Test against debutant Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.(AFP)
Shikhar Dhawan’s century and Murali Vijay’s magnificent knock put India on top in the one-off Test against debutant Afghanistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 02:29 PM IST
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India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test, Day 1, Bangalore, highlights: IND 347/6, Shikhar Dhawan 107

Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay blasted centuries but Afghanistan fought back as India ended day 1 on 347/6. Get highlights of India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test, Day 1, Bangalore, here.
Rashid Khan got his first Test wicket when he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane during the one-off Test against Afghanistan. Get highlights of India vs Afghanistan , one-off Test, Bangalore here.(BCCI)
Rashid Khan got his first Test wicket when he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane during the one-off Test against Afghanistan. Get highlights of India vs Afghanistan , one-off Test, Bangalore here.(BCCI)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 06:12 PM IST
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Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai not nervous, a nation awaits historic day

Afghanistan, rapidly going up the cricketing ladder, are set to play their landmark first cricket Test against India. They will become the 12th team (not including ICC selection) to play Tests
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai during a practice session on the eve of their one off Test match against India, in Bangalore.(PTI)
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai during a practice session on the eve of their one off Test match against India, in Bangalore.(PTI)
Published on Jun 13, 2018 08:12 PM IST
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T20 to Test transition the big challenge for Afghanistan’s spin trio

While there’s no doubt Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi have been excellent in the shortest format, their effectiveness with the red ball over five days is still to be tested.
Afghan spinners Rashid Khan (R), Mohammed Nabi (L) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (not pictured) will no doubt be challenged by the transition from bowling with a white ball to the red ball.(AFP)
Afghan spinners Rashid Khan (R), Mohammed Nabi (L) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (not pictured) will no doubt be challenged by the transition from bowling with a white ball to the red ball.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 13, 2018 10:32 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByAakash Chopra

India too experienced to be stung by Afghanistan spin: Dinesh Karthik

Afghanistan are banking on Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman to compete against India with both spinners in prime form in the recent T20 series sweep over Bangladesh. Indian cricket team player
Indian cricket players Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, K L Rahul and Umesh Yadav at a fielding drill during a practice session ahead of the maiden cricket test match against Afghanistan, in Bangalore.(PTI)
Indian cricket players Ishant Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, K L Rahul and Umesh Yadav at a fielding drill during a practice session ahead of the maiden cricket test match against Afghanistan, in Bangalore.(PTI)
Published on Jun 12, 2018 08:31 PM IST
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After downing Bangladesh, Afghanistan target India in maiden Test

Afghanistan might have swept Bangladesh 3-0 in the T20 series but they know the job will be well done only if they compete well against India in their first-ever Test in Bangalore next week.
Afghanistan might have swept Bangladesh 3-0 in the T20 series but they know the job will be well done only if they compete well against India in their first-ever Test in Bangalore next week.(HT Photo)
Afghanistan might have swept Bangladesh 3-0 in the T20 series but they know the job will be well done only if they compete well against India in their first-ever Test in Bangalore next week.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2018 11:29 PM IST
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Rashid Khan brilliance gives Afghanistan one-run win, whitewash Bangladesh 3-0

Rashid Khan defended eight runs in the final over as Afghanistan registered a thrilling one-run win over Bangladesh to achieve a 3-0 whitewash in the series.
Afghanistan had never won a Twenty20 against Bangladesh before this series but they secured a magnificent 3-0 whitewash.(AFP)
Afghanistan had never won a Twenty20 against Bangladesh before this series but they secured a magnificent 3-0 whitewash.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 08, 2018 09:45 AM IST
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T20 series will help us prepare for Test against India, says Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai believes the three match T20 series against Bangladesh will help the team’s preparations for their first ever Test match against India later this June.
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai during a practise session at a cricket stadium in Greater Noida.(AFP)
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai during a practise session at a cricket stadium in Greater Noida.(AFP)
Published on Jun 02, 2018 09:53 PM IST
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‘Sorrow to happiness’ - Afghanistan hope to lift nation’s spirits in debut Test

As Islamist attacks regularly shake their homeland, Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai said his team are suffering too -- but are also motivated to give the country something to cheer in their first-ever Test match vs the Indian cricket team.
Afghanistan will use its spin strike power to fight fire with fire against India in the country's first ever Test next month, team captain Asghar Stanikzai said.(AFP)
Afghanistan will use its spin strike power to fight fire with fire against India in the country's first ever Test next month, team captain Asghar Stanikzai said.(AFP)
Published on May 16, 2018 11:53 AM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Greater Noida (India) | ByAgence France-Presse

Our spinners can trouble India: Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai

Afghanistan will make their much awaited Test debut at the Chinnaswamy Stadium and Asghar Stankizai said the aim is to give a good fight to India
Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai is confident that his side can give India a strong fight in the one-off Test in Bengaluru next month.(Getty Images)
Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai is confident that his side can give India a strong fight in the one-off Test in Bengaluru next month.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 15, 2018 04:18 PM IST
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Afghanistan cricket team returns home as heroes after ICC World Cup qualification

Afghanistan cricket team received a hero’s welcome when they returned to Kabul on Tuesday after qualifying for the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai, right, holds the trophy they won after defeating West Indies in the final of the 2019 ICC World Cup qualification tournament.(AP)
Afghanistan cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai, right, holds the trophy they won after defeating West Indies in the final of the 2019 ICC World Cup qualification tournament.(AP)
Published on Mar 28, 2018 12:17 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Kabul | ByAgence France-Presse
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