Highlights: Afghanistan hit back in last session

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In reality, the Indians have been more or less comfortable against the slower bowlers in the previous season barring the first Test against Australia in Pune past year.

Afghanistan received recognition from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001 and are now the 12th Test-playing nation in the world.

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.

Vijay and Rahul shared a 90-run partnership for the second wicket to take India past the 200-run mark in 36.3 overs before rain played spoilsport, forcing umpires to call off the afternoon session early.

"I think there will always be a bit of disappointment in the players not to be on the same field as Virat".

Afghans took to social media to celebrate the start of the Test, which comes amid a government ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan.

"It is a big moment for Afghanistan and an honor for us to be a part of this history".

"Today is that historic day".

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he hoped the match could bring the South Asian neighbours closer together.

One of those batsmen could be Cheteswar Pujara who has had a miserable time during his red-ball county stint with Yorkshire. The 48 he made on that spiteful pitch may have shut the door on Rohit Sharma's Test career for the foreseeable future, and Kohli's recent birthday wish on social media suggested that India wouldn't make the mistake of jettisoning Rahane for an overseas Test again any time soon.

The 30-year-old batsman said his team mates would need to adapt to test cricket after playing in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition over the last two months.

They gained one-day worldwide status in 2009 and have qualified for their second 50-over World Cup to be held in England and Wales next year.

Conflict has scarred virtually every member of the team and they are impoverished compared with their opponents, the world's wealthiest cricket nation. "We all know the stats, but [for us it's important that] we don't focus on stats".

"The terror in our home area meant we did not have access to an education while growing up". "We are excited and the people back home are excited that we are playing the number one ranked side in our first test". As a Test team, we can not take anyone for granted, because cricket is a amusing game.

The match is a milestone for Afghanistan whose sportsmen have persevered, despite conflict and tough conditions at home, to emerge on the worldwide cricketing arena. Delighted to be at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where Afghanistan makes its debut in test cricket against India.

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