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Afghanistan routed by India inside two days

Debutants handed a tough lesson by No. 1 side in the world

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India’s Ishant Sharma (second left) celebrates the dismissal of Afghanistan’s Mohammad Javed Ahmadi (not pictured) on the second day of the one-off Test.
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Bengaluru: Afghanistan succumbed to top-ranked India by an innings and 262 runs inside two days of their maiden Test on Friday.

India completed their first innings in the morning on 474 then bowled out the Afghans for 109 and 103.

It was the fourth instance in Test history of a team being bowled out twice in one day.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took six wickets, including 4-17 in the second innings, and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed five, including 4-27 in the first.

Test cricket’s newest entrants were faced with a mountain to climb after India finishing batting.

Most sides have struggled in their first Test. South Africa made 84 in their very first Test innings and, more recently, Ireland 130. But they made their (losing) Test debuts at home, and didn’t face world No. 1 India in India.

The first innings was all over in less than 28 overs. Mohammad Nabi top-scored with 24, the only batsman to cross 20.

The innings score of 109 was the lowest in a Test at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, eclipsing the 112 by Australia in 2017.

But forced to follow on, Afghanistan lowered the record again, to 103 in 39 overs.

Umesh Yadav removed the openers and Nabi to reduce Afghanistan to 24-4 within seven overs. Yadav had Mohammad Shahzad (13) caught behind, and removed Javed Ahmadi (3) and Mohammad Nabi (0) in the space of five balls in the sixth over.

Unlike in the first innings, there was some semblance of resistance from the middle order. Hashmatullah Shahidi (36 not out) and Asghar Stanikzai (25) put on 37 runs for the fifth wicket.

More importantly, they sucked up 103 deliveries and underlined their approach to play out time.

Shahidi was unbeaten at the end after facing 88 balls, including six boundaries.

But India’s bowling was tough to contend with. Jadeja ran through the lower order, and Ashwin finished off proceedings by bowling Wafadar for a seven-ball duck about 10 minutes before the scheduled close of play.

“I am really happy about the way I’ve been playing,” said man of the match Shikhar Dhawan. “It’s good we finished the match early and we have a few days off. Before going to Ireland, we will be fresh.”

Scorecard

India 1st innings: (overnight 347/6)

H Pandya c A Zazai b Wafadar 71

R Ashwin c A Zazai b Y Ahmadzai 18

R Jadeja c R Shah b M Nabi 20

I Sharma lbw b R Khan 8

Umesh Yadav not out 26

Extras 16 (b1, lb12, nb1, w2)

Total: 474 all out (in 104.5 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-168, 2-280, 3-284, 4-318, 5-328, 6-334, 7-369, 8-436, 9-440, 10-474

Bowling: Yamin Ahmadzai 19-7-51-3, Wafadar 21-5-100-2, Mohammad Nabi 13-0-65-1, Rashid Khan 34.5-2-154-2, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 15-1-75-1, Asghar Stanikzai 2-0-16-0.

Afghanistan 1st Innings

M Shahzad run out 14

J Ahmadi b I Sharma 1

R Shah lbw b U Yadav 14

A Zazai b I Sharma 6

H Shahidi lbw b R Ashwin 11

A Stanikzai b R Ashwin 11

M Nabi c I Sharma b R Ashwin 24

R Khan c U Yadav b R Jadeja 7

Y Ahmadzai c R Jadeja b R Ashwin 0

M Ur Rahman st D Karthik b R Jadeja 15

Wafadar not out 6

Extras 0

Total 109 all out (in 27.5 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-21, 3-35, 4-35, 5-50, 6-59, 7-78, 8-87, 9-88, 10-109

Bowling: U Yadav 6-1-18-1, I Sharma 5-0-28-2, H Pandya 5-0-18-0, R Ashwin 8-1-27-4, R Jadeja 3.5-1-18-2.

Afghanistan 2nd Innings (follow on)

M Shahzad c D Karthik b U Yadav 13

J Ahmadi c Shikhar Dhawan b U Yadav

R Shah c A Rahane b Ishant Sharma

M Nabi lbw b U Yadav 0

H Shahidi not out 36

A Stanikzai c S Dhawan b R Jadeja 25

A Zazai b R Jadeja 1

R Khan b R Jadeja

Y Ahmadzai b Ishant Sharma

M Ur Rahman c U Yadav b R Jadeja 3

Wafadar b Ashwin 0

Extras 5 (b4, lb1)

Total 103 all out (in 38.4 overs)

Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-22, 3-22, 4-24, 5-61, 6-62, 7-82, 8-85, 9-98, 10-103

Bowling: I Sharma 7-2-17-2, U Yadav 7-1-26-3, H Pandya 4-2-6-0, R Ashwin 11.4-3-32-1, R Jadeja 9-3-17-4

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