India vs Afghanistan 1st Test Highlights Match Report | India Beat Afghanistan by Innings (English)


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icon to get latest Cricket updates first on youtube. India’s dominance on the second day of the
Bengaluru Test was so comprehensive that they needed just two sessions to prise out 20 Afghanistan
wickets. While the visitors’ bowlers bounced back from
similar embarrassment yesterday after Shikhar Dhawan’s hundred before Lunch, there was no
such respite for the batsmen who were bowled first for 109 and 103 in reply to India’s
474, losing by an innings and 262 runs. This was only the fourth time in Test history
that a team was bowled out twice on the same day and the first such instance against India. Never before had a Test match completed inside
two days in India. And when Wafadar was out bowled leaving an
offbreak from Ashwin to end the match, the bower too was left a touch bemused with the
suddenness of it all. Afghanistan’s batsmen were rattled early in
both innings by the pace of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, who ended the day with eight
wickets between themselves. But the visitors fared no better when spin
came on. R Ashwin bagged four wickets in the first
innings to rip through the middle order, while Umesh Yadav’s three-wicket burst in the second
innings proved too much for Afghanistan to recover from in the second. The wicket-spree was relentless and started
with the run out of Mohammad Shahzad, who was caught short by Hardik Pandya’s direct
hit from point. India’s bowling plans were coming as well
as they could possibly imagine. Ishant Sharma primarily targetted the stumps
with the incoming delivery while Umesh did the opposite. Ishant clean bowled Javed Ahmadi and Afsar
Zazai in the first with induckers and had Rahmat Shah caught at short mid wicket. Umesh had Shahzad and Ahmadi caught in the
cordon behind the stumps with the other type of delivery. With the top order ripped open, Ashwin and
Jadeja went for the kill. They had batsmen caught miscuing on the loft,
bowled them after deception in flight or pace and kept at it relentlessly. None of Afghanistan’s batsmen, who were prone
to staying still in the crease, offered anything different. Mohammad Nabi (24) in the first innings, Asghar
Stanikzai (25) in the second offered some resistance but both ran out of patience against
the spinners and were out going for the big hits. Hashmatullah Shahidi, after being trapped
LBW by Ashwin in the first, put his head down in the second to offer a template to survive
but found no company. Earlier in the day, and far back in the game,
India’s first innings was extended by 127 runs in the first session thanks to Hardik
Pandya’s 71 and his partnerships of 35 and 67 with Ashwin and Jadeja respectively. It allowed India to exert some scoreboard
pressure, but given what was to follow their runs were more of a luxury than necessity.

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