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India Vs Afghanistan: 'Gabbar' Scores Century; Sets New Record

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:


  • Shikhar Dhawan scored a century before Lunch on Day One against Afghanistan in the one-off Test at Bengaluru
  • At the time of Lunch, India had were 158 for 0 after 27 hours

The Test match between India and Afghanistan was highlighted as a huge fixture, given it was the debut Test for Afghans, the absence of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, and the claim by visiting skipper Asghar Stanikzai that his spinners are better than their counterparts.

But by the lunch on Day One, none of this took the centre stage, but a certain 'Gabbar' grabbed the headlines. India had earlier won the toss and chose to bat. And out came to bat Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay.

Dhawan spoiled the maiden Test match for Afghanistan, blasting his way to a century of just 87 balls. In doing so, he became the first Indian batsman to score a century in the first session of a Test match. Further, he is only the sixth batsman in the history of cricket to reach the 100-mark before lunch on the first day's play.

The innings was a show of brute strength and power. He hit 18 fours and three sixes in on his way to his seventh Test century. It meant 90 of his 100 runs came from boundaries, with just 10 runs coming from singles and doubles.

At the time of Lunch, India had were 158 for 0 after 27 hours. Man of the moment Dhawan was unbeaten on 104. His opening partner Vijay also was scoring at a decent pace, heading into the break on 41 of 72 balls.

The Afghanistan bowlers were all expensive, and had nothing to show for their efforts. The spinners, especially Rashid Khan, were hit all round the park by the Indian openers. Rashid, who was expected to cause trouble to Indian batters, bowled 7 overs till lunch conceding 51 runs. His spin partner Mujeeb ur Rahman was also very expensive, ending the session with figures of 32 for 0 after 4 overs.

The Twitter users lauded Dhawan for his unbelievable knock, and made fun of Afghanistan spinners.




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