Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Welcome to Test cricket: Afghanistan rolled twice in day by India

Afghanistan battle for survival in historic debut Test India seal massive win after wickets tumble | cricket.com.au
Andrew Wong | 16 June, 2018, 09:03

It's not [always] about in the match, but creating those situations in practice also and thinking and visualising that as batsmen how they are going to play against each opponent.

"I didn't expect the match to get over in two days".

India-Afghanistan players pose with the trophy together.

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After India were all out for 474 on day two of the match, Indian bowlers ran riot over the visitors. The Test between England and Australia in 1888 at Lords saw 27 wickets fall on Day 2 which is the most in a match in whites.

Afghanistan have become one of only 12 nations sanctioned to play Tests, the five-day format considered cricket's peak, after defying heavy odds to emerge as a force in the game. "In the last session yesterday, they took five wickets, they knew first two sessions they were attacking [too much] but Shikhar and Vijay were in a positive zone". "We learnt a lot, apart from that we got to see good relationships, their players were asking Indian players. the willingness to learn could be seen, they wanted to know what they need to learn to do well in Tests". Test cricket is all about attitude and patience and they have been playing a lot of T20 cricket.

India managed to add 127 runs to their overnight total of 347/6 on the second morning, thanks to Pandya's third Test half century and coupled with some cameos from the tailenders. But they made their (losing) test debuts at home, and didn't face world No 1 India, which has lost only one test at home in almost six years. "A huge thanks to the crowd as well, it felt like we were in Kabul". The 399 deliveries they bowled and 212 runs they conceded are the fewest in a Test win.

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Opener Mohammad Shahzad was run out after hitting three boundaries before Sharma came on to destroy the Afghan top-order - bowling opener Javed Ahmadi for one and wicketkeeper-batsman Afsar Zazai for six. Hashmatullah Shahidi (36 not out) and captain Asghar Stanikzai (25) put on 37 runs for the fifth wicket.

Umesh Yadav removed the openers and Nabi to reduce Afghanistan to 24-4 within seven overs. "It's still a learning phase for them", Rahane, like an elder statesman had words of encouragement for Ashgar Stanikzai's men. "Disappointed with the batting, but it is good for the future".

Afghan paceman Yamin Ahmadzai stood out with three wickets while fellow quick Wafadar and teenage spinner Rashid Khan took two each.

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Afghanistan struggled to respond at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and were forced to follow on after being bowled out for just 109 inside 28 overs, with India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin taking four for 27. Overall, he faced 94 balls and hit 10 fours.

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