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Dinesh Karthik believes Indian spinners are far ahead in experience than Afghanistan's

Dinesh Karthik believes Indian spinners are far ahead in experience than Afghanistan's

The match between India and Afghanistan is labelled to be a historic one.

Vijay shared a second-wicket stand of 112 with KL Rahul (54), before Afghanistan fought back towards stumps with five wickets for 54 runs, including Ajinkya Rahane (10), who is standing in as skipper for Virat Kohli.

Earlier, opting to bat after winning the toss, India got off to a breezy start with Dhawan smashing a quickfire century to pile up 158/0 at lunch in the lop-sided opening session.

Khan, the top T20 bowler in ICC rankings, took the Indian Premier League by storm with his 21 wickets for runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman also impressed in the cash-rich tournament.

India's sports minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore, shook hands with Afghan players before the match and read out a congratulatory statement from Modi.

"Its a matter of great pride and enormous pleasure that Afghanistan has chosen to play its maiden Test match with India".

There was a great sense of occasion before the start of play here in Bangalore as the Afghan players were presented with framed Test caps and glad-handed by a host of dignitaries. During that journey it has consistently performed against other ICC members and Test playing nations recording milestone victories over them in various formats of the game.

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

"We also request other test cricketing nations to arrange regular series with Afghanistan". "I convey my best wishes to both the teams, I'm sure the game will score a win for the renown Afghan fortitude and for the historic friendship between Indian and Afghanistan".

Karthik has appreciated the spirit of Afghanistan players as he felt they have flourished themselves in conditions of turmoil.

Speaking about the upcoming series he said: "As a Test team we can not take anyone for granted because cricket is a amusing game".

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

Rahane said it would be an "honour" for every Indian to be part of the match and acknowledge Afghanistan's big moment in cricket.


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