Afghanistan thrashed by India in debut Test


Afghanistan's dream Test debut turned into a complete nightmare as they were skittled out twice on the second day in Bangalore as India bulldozed their way to a record-breaking innings and 262-run win.

India smashed Afghanistan in the latter's inaugural Test inside two days by a big margin of innings and 262 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were chief wreckers for India, picking up four wickets each in first and second innings respectively.

This was the first time that India won a Test match in two days while it has now happened for the 21st time in the 141-year-history of the traditional format. "I would say 30 per cent, especially in the first couple hours of play on day one".

Given another chance to make their presence felt with the bat, Afghanistan failed to deliver once again as Yadav ripped through their top order, taking out Shahzad, Ahmadi and Nabi. Hasmatullah Shahidi was the leading run scorer with 36 runs and Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets. We wanted to play some good cricket.

In the second innings, Afghanistan managed to play for 38.4 overs but with only 103 runs.

"Attitude" and "patience" are two aspects that Afghan batsmen will have to inculcate, feels one of India's finest Test batsmen in recent times. "You can play as much I-Cup (first-class tournament for Associates) and four-day cricket as you want but when you get upstairs to the big league and play the No 1 team, it shows. If they can get mentally tough and fine-tune their technique, it will be good", he said. If 2-3 guys can bat longer periods of time, they can be a decent Test side."Rahane also said that the match situations they create in nets will also help them in their progress".

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For the two days that the Test lasted, India were relentless in pursuit of victory. Struggling with the timing in the initial stages, the opener was more than happy to wait and watch from the other end as Dhawan made hay.

Pandya's innings had 10 boundaries and he faced 91 balls.

Afghanistan's captain Asghar Stanikzai was disappointed at the result, but said lots of lessons will be learnt from a hard debut and thanked the fans for their support.

Rashid, who gave away 120 runs in 26 overs, then combined with fellow spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman as the pair got a wicket each of Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara to pull things back.

Ashwin and Jadeja took over from that point as they carved through Afghanistan's middle and lower order. The wicket had just about enough grass to keep their quicks interested without giving too much of an advantage to Mohammad Amir and Co.

Rahane praised Afghanistan pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafader, who shared five wickets and looked good in the final session of the opening day.

"For Afghanistan, it's just the beginning I think".