Bengaluru Test: Afghanistan goes down by innings & 262 runs

India crushed Afghanistan inside two days to win the historic Test by an innings and 262 runs.   -  AP

Stat: India becomes the first Asian cricketing nation to win a Test match inside two days. It needed only 66.3 overs to take 20 Afghanistan wickets after posting 474 in the first innings.

05:24pm: ALL OVER, Afghanistan bowled out for 103 in the second innings, handing India a victory by an innings and 262 runs! Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers in the second innings, taking four wickets, while Umesh Yadav took three wickets, Ishant Sharma picked two, and R. Ashwin picked one.

05:14pm: OUT, Afghanistan's ninth wicket falls with just 98 on the board! Ravindra Jadeja picks up his fourth of the innings, Mujeeb Ur Rahman is caught at mid-on by Umesh Yadav.

05:01pm: Yamin Ahmadzai becomes the eighth Afghanistan wicket to fall, cleaned up by a good yorker from Ishant Sharma. Afghanistan now 85/8, with chances of the Test match finishing inside two days looking increasingly likely.

04:43pm: Third wicket for Ravindra Jadeja, Rashid Khan, trying to cut a straight delivery, plays on and is dismissed for 12. Afghanistan now 82/7 with only the bowlers and Hashmatullah Shahidi remaining.

04:32pm: Ravindra Jadeja has his second wicket, Afsar Zazai out bowled for 1. Afghanistan now 62/6, with Rashid Khan joining Hashmatullah Shahidi.

04:23pm: WICKET! Asghar Stanikzai is out for 25 off 58 balls, becomes Ravindra Jadeja's first wicket in the second innings. He had grown in confidence playing the fast bowlers and, feeling good, he tried to take on Jadeja, trying to hit over him mid-off. He doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, the ball turns a bit and catches the outside edge. Shikhar Dhawan at cover takes an easy catch to bring the partnership to an end. Afghanistan now 61/5, Afsar Zazai is the new batsman in, joining Hashmatullah Shahidi.

04:15pm: Asghar Stanikzai and Hashmatullah Shahidi have put together 36 runs for the fifth wicket and, for the first time today, Afghanistan's batting has looked good and the Indian bowlers are having to work hard for a breakthrough. It is now four for 60 in its second innings, trailing India by 305 runs.

03:30pm: Afghanistan is staring down the biggest defeat for a cricketing nation on its Test debut. Unless its batsmen can conjure up some magic. This is in stark contrast to Ireland's debut, where it scored 339 in its second innings after following on against Pakistan, thanks to a well-crafted century by Kevin O’Brien.

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The biggest defeats on Test debut: Pakistan lost by an innings and 70 runs to India in 1952, and the West Indies lost to England by an innings and 58 runs in 1928.

3:15pm: It's Ishant Sharma's turn now. A soft dismissal as Rahmat Shah is caught at short midwicket by Ajinkya Rahane.

3:11pm: Third wicket for Umesh Yadav! At 22/3, the end doesn't look far for Afghanistan in its Test debut. And it's just the second day.

3:06pm: Umesh Yadav takes another wicket. Javed Ahmadi edges the ball to Shikhar Dhawan in the slips. Afghanistan is now 22/2, with more than 40 over left in the day.

02:59pm: First wicket down as Mohammad Shahzad edges Umesh Yadav to wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. Afghanistan is still 346 runs behind at this point.

02:17 pm: A four-wicket haul for R. Ashwin, then, as Afghanistan is bowled out for 109. If the early jolt was given by Ishant Sharma, the spinners came into their own later on to disallow any major piece of resistance. Six batsmen register double-figure individual scores, but no one goes on to score more than 24.

Follow-on has been enforced by India, with a lead of 365.

01:55 pm: It's unravelling fast for Afghanistan. As Rashid cuts Ravindra Jadeja straight to the point fielder, Afghanistan loses its seventh wicket. Ahmadzai, the seamer, has joined Mohammad Nabi in the middle.

01:16 pm: Ashwin joins the party and claims a wicket in his very first over. The victim is none other than the Afghan captain, Stanikzai. The ball turns sharply and ample bounce on the ball helps it glide to the stumps.

01:04 pm: Afghanistan seems to be losing its way too soon. Rahmat fell victim to a low delivery of Umesh and the lack of bounce traps him. LBW! Wicket number 100 for Umesh in Tests.

In the very next over, Ishant tastes blood. Zazai is bowled- stumps destroyed! Zazai is drawn into the snare of the full length ball as he looks to go for a drive. Ball comes in to find the sticks.

12:42 pm: Stumps have crashed twice to have Afghanistan lose two quick wickets. After scoring some ungainly boundaries, Mohammad Shahzad is run out via Hardik Pandya's direct throw. Shahzad attempts a risky single and Pandya, on the move at cover, throws accurately at the non-strikers' end, catching Shahzad short.

Soon after, Javed Ahmadi's middle-stump is uprooted by an accurate ball angling in from Ishant Sharma.

INNINGS UPDATE: India’s lower-order batsmen made the most of Afghanistan’s sloppy fielding and managed to put up 474 in the first innings.

Resuming the day at 347 for 6, India lost Ravichandran Ashwin early. But it was Hardik Pandya’s knock of 71 that firm India’s footing at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday. Even though it was an achievement by the new entrant to bowl out India in the first innings, the fact that it did not take the new ball in the beginning of the day, cost Afghanistan dear.

While Yamin Ahmadzai was the pick of the bowlers — scalping three wickets for 51 runs — Rashid Khan and Wafadar Momand shared two wickets apiece.

Despite managing to gain some opportunities, Afghanistan could not torment the Indian side because of its poor fielding. And taking advantage of that, India’s tail-enders ensured they piled up the runs on the board. While Ravindra Jadeja played a knock of 20, Umesh Yadav featured in a 34-run partnership with Ishant Sharma for the last wicket. Ishant was the last man to be dismissed, trapped leg before by Rashid for eight; Umesh remained unbeaten on 26.

11:33 am: Rashid Khan takes his second wicket of the match, dismissing No. 11 Ishant Sharma leg-before-wicket. A healthy contribution from the lower order helps India get to 474. Yet, considering the start that was given by its openers, the final score would be a little underwhelming for India.

The value of the score will depend on Afghanistan's pluck with the bat. Who will shine for the debutant?

11:17 am: The tail has wagged for much of the first session, but its finally unravelling. Jadeja departed trying his smash his innings' second six, skipping down the track to deposit the ball far and long, only to mistime his stroke off Nabi. After having scored a valuable 71, Pandya departed, too, caught behind off a short delivery from Wafadar, the right-arm seamer.

A few cavalier hits from Umesh Yadav has taken India past 452.

10:40 am: The wicket of Ashwin proved to be a false dawn for Afghanistan, as Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya have taken control in the middle. Pandya, who is nearing a half-century, has played a shepherding role to take India towards 400.

Jadeja could have been dismissed off the first ball he faced, but his outside edge evaded the wicketkeeper and first slip. It's been a one-way road since.

10:02 am: A sedate start from R. Ashwin and Hardik Pandya, and Ahmedzai and Rashid Khan seem to be settling into a rhythm. Moments of indiscretion in the running between the wickets provide the only drama of the first half-hour before Ahmadzai induces an edge off Ashwin through to the wicketkeeper. India loses its seventh.

 

A slight twist in the tale late on Thursday was perhaps a shot in the arm for the historic Test in what was otherwise a one-sided, drab contest for much of the first day at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The clutter of wickets must have unsettled India after its opener, with contrasting centuries, laid a solid foundation.

But it seems the Test debutant isn't ready to roll over so quickly.

Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the one-off Test between India and Afghanistan. In case you missed out on Thursday's action, here's the report.