India 158-0 at lunch in Afghanistan's debut Test

Shikhar Dhawan scored a century before lunch as India closed on 347-6

Their spinners have ample experience of Indian conditions having played in the IPL and could use that against the hosts.

"But our efforts against India will be to play good cricket so that people enjoy the game".

The match-up of Afghan spinners versus Indian spinners has been talked up and it remains to be seen if leg spin star Rashid Khan and company can rattle India. "Inshallah (God willing), we can do well", the 30-year-old batsman said. He did comeback at the stroke of lunch but leaving the field when he was hitting some kind of rhythm did hamper Afghan skipper Ashgar Stanikzai's plans.

Rashid Khan was taken for over 100 runs in Bengaluru
Rashid Khan was taken for over 100 runs in Bengaluru

"We won't take them lightly", said Rahane.

Afghanistan, who have fast established themselves as a force to reckon with in the shorter formats, will become the 12th side to feature in men's Test cricket after Ireland debuted against Pakistan last month. Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, will serve as the home ground of the Afghanistan cricket team according to an understanding which New Delhi and Kabul have arrived at, government sources here said.

"It is an honour for all of us to be part of this Test match". Then there are the all-rounders in R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja who can change the game with both their batting and bowling.

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Having played worldwide games in Noida and Dehradun, along with countless IPL matches, should make the conditions they will face in Bangalore familiar to the Afghanistan players.

Conflict has scarred virtually every member of the team and they are impoverished compared with their opponents, the world s wealthiest cricket nation. "I'm hearing this for the first time", he shot back, setting the tone for the next 15 minutes during which he and coach Phil Simmons talked all things Test cricket and the build-up to their inaugural Test. India is led by Ajinkya Rahane while Afghanistan will be captained by Asghar Stanikzaiin the historic Test.

"We have a lot of experience, in not only test cricket but also domestic cricket and a lot of four-day matches".

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Afghanistan suffered a chastening start to Test cricket in Bengaluru with Shikhar Dhawan becoming the first Indian to score a century before lunch on day one of a Test before the visitors launched a late fightback.

PM Modi, who has been extremely vocal regarding the importance of sports in recent times, further went on to add that Test match will help in strengthening ties between the two nations.

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.

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Amid bombing by the United States forces after September 11, Afghanistan got ICC's recognition.

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