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15-Jun-2018 14:15:00 GMT
Ind v Afg, Only Test, Bengaluru, day 2

Disappointing Afghanistan crash to massive defeat

India 474 (Dhawan 107, Vijay 105, Pandya 71, Ahmadzai 3-51) beat Afghanistan 109 (Nabi 24, Ashwin 4-27, Jadeja 2-18) and 103 (Shahidi 36*, Jadeja 4-17, Umesh 3-26) by an innings and 262 runs

Bengaluru: India, the world’s top Test side, clinically dismantled Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in the one-off Test here on Thursday.

This was the 21st time a Test ended in two days. India managed to bundle out Afghanistan twice in two sessions; for 109 in 27.5 overs between lunch and tea and for 103 in 38.4 overs in the last session to complete a facile win.

The idea of a team doing well in T20s and then managing to translate it in the Test was a little weak to start with. And it became clear when Afghanistan came out to bat.

After the bowlers, who tried too many variations, it was the turn of the batsmen to try one shot too many and perish.

After being bowled out for 474 just before lunch, India showed the virtues of sticking to line and length. The huge experience gap between the two sides just got wider.

Mohammad Shahzad will now know it’s one thing to go after the bowling in T20, but red ball cricket is a different beast.

Guilty of being run out in the first innings, while trying to steal a cheeky single, he fell for 13 in second trying to push at a ball without moving his feet.

Most wickets in a day's play in India:
24 Ind vs Afg, 2018 (Day 2)
20 Ind v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2004 (Day 3)
20 Ind v SA, Nagpur, 2015 (Day 2)

From here on it was a matter of when not how. It was India’s game to take whenever they wanted it. On numerous occasions in the 65 overs that Afghanistan played, a few dot balls brought in a big shot, a hangover from too much T20 cricket.

Biggest innings wins for India:
inn & 262 runs v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018*
inn & 239 runs v Ban, Mirpur, 2007
inn & 239 runs v SL, Nagpur, 2017
inn & 219 runs v Aus, Kolkata, 1998

Javed Ahmadi nicked one outside the off-stump, a ball which could have been easily left alone; Asghar Stanikzai was kept quiet for few balls before he tried to hit Ravindra Jadeja out of the park only to find Shikhar Dhawan at extra-cover.

Stanikzai had perished to a peach of delivery from R Ashwin in the first innings; the ball turning and sneaking in between bat and pad to dislodge the stumps.

If Mohammad Nabi showed the merits of patience in the first innings, it was Hashmatullah Shahidi in the second innings who put up some fight with an unbeaten 36 off 88 balls.

Teams dismissed twice in a day:
Ind (58 & 82) v Eng, Manchester, 1952
Zim (59 & 99) v NZ, Harare, 2005
Zim (51 & 143) v NZ, Napier, 2012
Afg (109 & 103) v Ind, Bengulur, 2018
Ashwin took four wickets for 27 in the first innings, with Jadeja taking two. The roles were reversed as Afghanistan followed-on with Jadeja doing most of the damage (4 for 17) and Ashwin ending with 1/32. Umesh Yadav and Ishant finished with four wickets each in the match.

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