The Afghanistan cricket team extended its best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Eid before the start of play on Day 2 of the one-off Test against India on Friday.
Afghan players took the field in traditional pathani suits and conveyed a special message for the fans before the start of play.
“Eid Mubarak ! ACB extends its best wishes on the auspicious occasion of #Eid to Patron in- Chief H.E Ashraf Ghani , National players, Cricket fans, Afghan people and all Muslims around the world,” Afghanistan Cricket Board posted the message on Twitter.
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Afghanistan staged a superb fightback on the first day of the Test match on Thursday after enduring a tough time in the first two sessions when India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay struck hundreds to flatten the bowling attack.
The Test debutants clawed back with five wickets in the final session to spoil India’s run feast, the hosts reached 347/6 at stumps on the opening day.
Pacer Yamin Ahmadzai (2/32) was the best bowler on show for the visitors while Wafadar, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman contributed with one wicket apiece.
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All-rounders Hardik Pandya (10 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (7 not out) survived a few scares before heading back undivided when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day, affected by two rain interruptions at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.
While India ruled the roost in most parts of the three sessions, Afghanistan had their moments in the second and final session with the wickets of Dhawan (107), and the quick dismissals of Vijay (105) and KL Rahul (54) off consecutive overs.
Team Afghanistan players and ACB officials celebrated Eid-ul Fitr this morning before departing for the stadium. pic.twitter.com/ckiZVnKnEf
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Troubled by two rain breaks during which Vijay found himself stuck in the 90s, the Tamil Nadu opener kept his composure to notch up his 12th Test hundred in the final session.
Vijay hit pacer Wafadar for a four over point to bring up his ton and together with Rahul, who by then had registered his half century, forged a valuable 112-run stand for the second wicket.
Before Vijay it was Dhawan who dominated the bowling attack scoring a hundred in the first session of play.
The 32-year-old smashed a blistering 107 off just 96 deliveries, studded with 19 fours and three sixes, and became the first Indian and sixth batsman overall to score a century before lunch on the opening day of a Test.
(With IANS inputs)