Afg v Ind highlights today – Only test day one from M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru (India) Thursday 14th June 2018. Afghanistan recently whitewashes Bangladesh in the shortest format of cricket, now Afghanistan will play their first ever test match against the world’s no 1 team India at their home venue and they will not take them lightly. The highest total of the venue M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru is 626 scored by the home team in 1007 against Pakistan. Lowest total of the ground is 215 scored Sri Lanka against the home team in 1994. India lowest total at this pitch is 228 scored against New Zealand in 1995.
India won the toss and elected to bat first.
India team/playing XI
M Vijay, S Dhawan, KL Rahul, CA Pujara, AM Rahane (c), KD Karthik †, HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, I Sharma, UT Yadav.
Afghanistan team/playing XI
Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai †, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Match Timings: 09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
On the eve of the match, Bengaluru had overcast skies and some areas were affected by a light drizzle. The pitch has a green tinge but a brown look overall. It’s expected to have some moisture early on, and take turn from the third day onwards. Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons said that while Shahzad’s fitness could be trusted in 50-over games, Tests are a completely different proposition. Shahzad is likely to play as a specialist batsman with Afsar Zazai taking up wicketkeeping duties.
On the eve of the Test, India had an optional training session that was attended by Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Karun Nair, Karthik and Pandya. Dhawan had a session with the physios and appeared to be going through a fitness test. This could mean one of Dhawan and Vijay in the starting XI, allowing a straightforward slotting-in of Nair to replace Kohli.
Mohammed Shami’s exit from the squad might not mean too much for replacement Navdeep Saini, who has to beat an in-form Umesh Yadav to make it to the XI. Ahead of the game, Ishant Sharma looks the only fast bowler assured of a spot in a team that’s likely to use two spinners and Pandya as a third seamer.
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpires – Rod Tucker
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Anil Chaudhary
Match number – Test no. 2307