A file photo of Shikhar Dhawan
Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay established a massive 158 runs partnership to put India in control against Afghanistan in historic one-off Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
The game touted to be a tough encounter was easily handled by opener Dhawan as he smashed 87-ball century.
The left-handed batsman remained unbeaten and is playing at 104 in just 91 balls.
Murali Vijay too broke his sequence of cautious batting as he stood with Dhawan to deplete Afghans best bowlers.
He has faced 72 balls and has contributed 41 runs so far.
The Indian cricket team won the toss and elected to bat against Afghanistan on day 1.
India entered the game with as many as three openers - Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay.
In the absence of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane is the stand-in captain and is likely to play an important role in the middle order.
The selectors also rested Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ahead of England which means the fast-bowling unit is led by Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.