India thrashes debutant Afghanistan in historic Bengaluru Test

Bengaluru: World Champions India beat debutants Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in the one-off test being played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Following on in the second innings, Afghanistan were bowled out for a paltry 103 runs. This is India’s biggest ever innings victory in Test matches.

With this win, India became the first Asian nation to win a Test match in just two days.

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan was adjudged Man of the Match for his quick knock of 107 runs.

First of all I would like to congratulate Afghanistan for reaching this level. It’s only their first Test and they’ll keep getting better as they play more. I would also like to wish them Eid Mubarak; it is a big day for them; it is always a learning process and once they start winning they’ll do really well. Big names are already coming out of their country and doing really well in world cricket. I would also like to thank the audience for coming here and enjoying themselves.

— Shikhar Dhawan

In the second innings of the Afghans, Hashmatullah Shahidi top scored for the visitors with unbeaten 36 runs while skipper Asghar Stanikzai managed to score 25 before getting out to slow left-armer Ravindra Jadeja.

Afghanistan were bowled out for 109 in their first innings and are trailing by 365 runs against India at tea on the second day of the one-off Test here on Friday.

A good bowling effort from star off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Ishant Sharma helped India bowled out Afghanistan in just 27.5 overs, the lowest total at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

Ashwin scalped four wickets for 27 runs while Jadeja and Ishant picked up two wickets each to dismiss the visitors inside a session.

For Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi (24) was the highest scorer.

It all started with Hardik Pandya, when the 24-year-old displayed brilliant fielding to get rid of opener Mohammad Shahzad (14) in the fourth over. Ishant and Umesh Yadav then came in the picture when the duo picked up a couple of peaches.

Ishant clean bowled Javed Ahmadi (1) in the very next over and after three overs, Umesh dismissed Rahmat Shah (14) to make it 35/3 in 8.2 overs.

Wicketkeeper batsman Afsar Zazai (6) was also dismissed in the next over by Ishant.

Skipper Asghar Stanikzai (11) then came in the middle and it seemed that the regular fall of wickets will stop but Indian spinners — Jadeja and Ashwin– had some other plans.

Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi (24), Rashid Khan (7), Yamin Ahmadzai (0) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (15) were packed up by the spinning duo in no time. The spin twins bagged six wickets between them to bring Afghanistan’s downfall.

Nabi was the only batsman to show some application and composure, while the rest surrendered meekly to the quality of the Indian attack.

This feels really special. It is always an honour to lead your country and we wanted to be ruthless. Guys like Shikhar and Vijay got those hundreds, Rahul chipped in and Pandya was magnificent at the end. It was important for all of us to stick to our basics, create some good habits, but credit to Afghanistan, they were fantastic.

— Ajinkya Rahane

Earlier, India folded up for a substantial 474 in their first innings after Afghanistan cleaned up the remaining four wickets at the stroke of lunch.

India managed to add 127 runs to their overnight total of 347/6, thanks to a brilliant half century from all-rounder Pandya (71) coupled with some cameos from the tailenders.

For Afghanistan, pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while fellow quick Wafadar and wrist spinner Rashid Khan chipped in with two wickets each.

Brief Scores: India 474 (Shikhar Dhawan 107, Murali Vijay 105, Hardik Pandya 71, Yamin Ahmadzai 3/51) vs Afghanistan 109 all out (Mohammad Nabi 24, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 15; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/27, Ishant Sharma 2/28) at tea on Day 2. Afghanistan- 103 all out (Hashmatullah Shahidi 36* Ravindra Jadeja 4/17) at the end of the game

[With Agency Inputs]