Afghanistan bowled out twice in a day to suffer innings defeat
After a memorable first day of Test cricket on Thursday Afghanistan suffered a day to forget on Friday as they were bowled out twice to slip to defeat by an innings and 262 runs to hosts India.
India had resumed on 347 for 6 and the final four wickets would add another 127 runs on the second morning led by a dashing 71 from Hardik Pandya.
Afghanistan struggled from the get go against an attack adept at picking teams part in the conditions found at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Mohammad Shahzad showed intent but wound up being the first man dismissed in Test cricket for Afghanistan as he was run out by Pandya for 14.
Ishant Sharma castled Javed Ahmadi (1) and Afsar Zazai (6) either side of Umesh Yadav trapping Rahmat Shah (14) leg before and Afghanistan were reeling at 35 for 4.
Any dreams of a lower order rally were swiftly snuffed out by Ravichandran Ashwin who spun his way to being India’s eighth highest wicket taker of all time.
Ashwin took 4 for 27 and backed up by Ravindra Jadeja (2/18) made sure that Afghanistan’s tail could not wag, Mohammad Nabi would top score with a modest 24.
The tourists slumped to 109 all out and India enforced the follow on sensing an opening to put the Test to bed on the second day.
Afghanistan will find that Test cricket requires you to adapt very quickly and the second innings fell into a similar pattern as the first as Ishant and Umesh took out the top order before the spinners ripped apart the lower order with Jadeja taking the lead this time.
Nabi promoted to four after top scoring in the first innings became Umesh’s third victim when he was trapped leg before for a four ball duck following Shahzad (13) and Ahmadi (3) back to the dressing room.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (36*) offered some resistance but couldn’t find a partner willing to push India into a third day with Jadeja taking 4/18 as Afghanistan were bowled out for 103 in their second innings.
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