Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

India thrash Afghanistan by innings and 262 runs in historic one-off Test

India thrash Afghanistan by innings and 262 runs in historic one-off Test

It was yet another day of action for team India and another victory for the home team against Afghanistan, as Team India crushed the neighbours by an innings and 262 runs. The Afghanistan batsmen could bat all of 66.3 overs, two innings combined.

Just as Ceylon routinely and regularly played against the then state of Madras in the Gopalan Trophy, and India's best turned out for teams in the domestic competition in Dhaka, ways and means have to be found to lift Afghanistan towards Test cricket.

Cricket history otherwise is unflattering to teams playing their first Test.

Afghanistan probably feel like they don't deserve to play Test cricket at this moment.

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Before beginning, let's dwell into these stats from the one-off Test played between India and Afghanistan at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday and Friday.

Ravindra Jadeja took 4 wickets for India in the second innings. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. Their opponents India had suffered the same fate against England at Old Trafford in 1953, while Zimbabwe were bundled out twice against New Zealand, in 2005 and 2012. Their performance lends support to the demands for a two-tier Test format, which could get them battle-ready for future series.

It's easy to look at Afghanistan now and say "ah, another a Test playing nation" when they really should be saying "wow, what a story". 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.

After learning cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan have made giant strides, gaining one-day global status in 2009 and qualifying for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year. India took 40 wickets on Friday after posting 474 in the first innings. But putting the sporting spirit of the winning captain, it was a disaster for Test cricket. While he bagged four in the first innings, his dismissal of Asghar Stanikzai in the first innings is stuff legends are made of.

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Ashwin scalped four wickets for 27 runs while Jadeja and Ishant picked up two wickets each to dismiss the visitors inside a session. Hashmatullah Shahidi played a fighting knock of 88-ball unbeaten 36 runs. Ishant, fresh from an impressive county stint, bowled a flawless line and got the new ball to dart back in cleaning up top-order batsmen. "It is always an honour to lead your country and we wanted to be ruthless", said Rahane, who captained India in regular skipper Virat Kohli's absence.

On the bowling side, Yamin Ahmadzai managed to take 3 wickets, Wafar and Rashid Khan 2 wickets, while Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman each took one wicket. It brought Yadav, who immediately hit Wafadar for a boundary and two huge sixes before Rashid trapped Ishant leg before to wrap up the innings.

"It was important for us to keep the basics and good habits".

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