Afghanistan have started their Test arena with a colossal defeat of an innings and 262 runs, which is India’s biggest win in Tests. The historic Bengaluru Test lasted only for two days.
This is the first time a Test match has ended within two days in the sub-continent. A total of 24 wickets fell on the second day, the joint third-most in a day’s play. Whole Afghanistan team were bowled twice on Friday, the fourth instance of such in a day in Tests. India and Zimbabwe (twice) are also part of this embarrassing record.
India were 347/6 after a rain-affected day one. They were bowled out for 474 runs in 104.5 overs. Hardik Pandya smashed 71 runs off 94 balls including 10 boundaries. Pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was the peak of the bowlers with 3 for 52. Rashid Khan and Wafadar took two wickets each.
Afghanistan were bowled out in the second session. They made 109 runs in 27.5 overs, the second-lowest in the first innings of a country’s debut Test. Opener Mohammad Shahzad scored the first runs and the boundary. Mujeeb Ur Rahman hit Afghanistan’s first six in his cameo 9-ball 15 which helped them post 100-plus total.
Mohammad Nabi was the top-scorer with 24 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin took four for 27 in the first innings.
Afghanistan failed in the final session as well. India bundled them out for 103 runs in 38.5 overs. Hashmatullah Shahidi played a fighting knock of 88-ball unbeaten 36 runs. Skipper Asghar Stanikzai scored 25 before he threw he wicket away.
Bowlers helped India seal their biggest win in terms on innings margin. Ravindra Jadeja bagged 4 for 17 while Umesh Yadav 3/26.
India 474 all out (Dhawan 107, Vijay 105, Pandya 71; Ahmadzai 3/52)
Afghanistan 109 and 103 all out (Shahidi 36*; Jadeja 4/17, Yadav 3/26)
India won by an innings and 262 runs
Man of the Match: Shikhar Dhawan