Afghanistan re­ward pa­tience

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Fans in Kabul who stuck with it were able to see their bowlers claim some late suc­cess in their coun­try’s in­au­gu­ral Test, against In­dia at Ben­galuru. The open­ers, Shikhar Dhawan and Mu­rali Vi­jay, both made cen­turies on the rain-hit open­ing day of the one -off match, Dhawan’s com­ing from just 87 balls – with 18 four and three sixes – be­fore lunch and mak­ing him the first In­dia bats­man to do so on day one of a Test. Shortly after it, though, he be­came the tourists’ first Test wicket when taken on 107 in the slips off Yamin Ah­madzai. Vi­jay got to 105 amid the rain breaks and the Afghans en­joyed some late swing suc­cess, tak­ing five for 54 as In­dia got to stumps on 347 for six.

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