Thursday, 28 October 2021

Afghanistan thrashed by India within two days


MUMBAI: Afghanistan’s fairy tale entry into Test cricket ended in a bruising defeat inside two days by world number one team India on Friday.

India bowled Afghanistan twice in less than a day as they completed a crushing innings and 262 runs win over the outclassed debutants.

Cricket has become the national sport of the country torn apart by decades of war but the first five-day game turned into a Test of fire.

Ravindra Jadeja took four wickets as India skittled out Afghanistan for 103 in the final session while following on at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The second innings lasted just 38.4 overs with Hashmatullah Shahidi top-scoring with an unbeaten 36.

Earlier the Afghans fell for 109 in their first innings, in 27.5 overs, in response to a formidable Indian score of 474.

It was the 21st time that a Test had finished inside two days and just the fourth that a team was bowled out twice in a day.

“I am surprised as we have a very good team,” said Afghan skipper Ashgar Stanikzai.

“Test cricket is totally different from T20 and one day matches. But this was good for us and good for the future,” he added.

Ravichandran Ashwin got last man Wafadar bowled for nought to complete the win after Umesh Yadav rattled the Afghan top order with three early strikes.

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