India was expected to defeat cricketing minnows Afghanistan in the one-off test match in Bangalore. India did exactly and finished Afghanistan in under two days to win by an innings and 262 runs.
Indian Openers Get India To Massive Total
S Dhawan and M Vijay got India off to a fantastic start as both openers notched up centuries at quick pace to give India a great platform. M Vijay scored 105 at a strike rate of 68 and Dhawan was brutal scoring 107 at a strike rate of 111. India were set to get a total in excess of 500 as they were coasting at 280 for 2 before they lost a bunch of wickets to bring Afghanistan into the game.
H Pandya played a decent knock of 71 and the tail wagged to get India up to 474. The players that missed out include captain A Rahane (10), D Karthik (4) and C Pujara (35). However, 474 ended up being too big a total for Afghanistan to cross even with two innings.
Afghanistan Still Have A Long Way To Go
Afghanistan crumbled in the first innings and were dismissed for 109 as R Ashwin and R Jadeja picked up 6 wickets between them. The Indians needed just under 28 overs to bowl Afghanistan out and captain A Rahane wasted no time in asking them to follow on.
Afghanistan did worse in their second innings as they collapsed one again and were bundled out for 103. U Yadav started the collapse picking up three wickets and then R Jadeja ran through the tail to pick up four wickets and help India win the test in under 2 days.
In a statement, captain A Rahane said “This feels really special. It is always an honour to lead your country The way we played, especially batting, Shikhar, Vijay, Rahul and Hardik. We did not take Afghanistan lightly. It was important for us to keep the basics and good habits. Credit to Afghanistan. Their seamers bowled really well, especially in the third session yesterday and I am sure they will go a long way.”
While it was a great opportunity for Afghanistan to play India in India, it wasn’t a great advertisement for test cricket. Afghanistan still has a long way to go and their performance shows that they are not ready to play test cricket against the top teams at this point of time.