Quality Indian bowling tore apart Afghanistan’s batting line-up as they bundled out the visitors for a paltry 109 in the first inning. Batting order for Afghanistan collapsed like a pack of cards as batsmen seemed clueless against accurate Indian attack. Fall for Afghanistan started with a brilliant run-out of Mohammad Shahzad from Hardik Pandya in the fourth over. Post that, pacers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma ripped apart Afghan top order. Umesh Yadav clinched his 100th Test scalp after dismissing Rahmat Shah for 14 runs. After the pacers, it was time for the spinner to work their out magic. Both Ashwin and Jadeja picked up wickets in their very first over. The middle-order struggled against quality Indian spinners. Ashwin, who ended up picking four wickets also became fourth highest wicket-taker for India in Tests behind Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh. Jadeja too clinched two wickets. For Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi (24) was the highest scorer. Apart from him no other batsmen crossed 20-run mark. Afghanistan will be batting again as India have enforced the follow-on.
The Indian team got bundled out for 474 just before lunch on Day 2 of the one-off test against Afghanistan. Resuming on 347 for 6, India lost Ashwin (18) early but Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja frustrated the Afghan bowlers. Morning session of Day 2 belonged to Hardik Pandya as he scored a courageous 71 fighting alongside Jadega (18). 24-year-old Pandya reached his third half century in Tests but succumbed later to the bowling off Wafadar trying to play his famous ramp shot. Umesh Yadav (26 off 21) whacked some lusty blows towards the end helping India with those extra 25-30 runs along with Ishant Sharma. For Afghanistan, holding on to the old ball strategy worked for skipper Asghar Stanikzai. Rashid Khan looked much better with the old and created pressure from one end along with other spinner Mujeeb. But Yamin Ahmadzai emerged out to be the most-successful bowler clinching 3-wickets. Rashid Khan and Wafadar grabbed 2 wickets each while Mujeeb and Nabi bagged a wicket each.
Debutants Afghanistan clawed back with five wickets in the final session to spoil India’s run feast, built on rollicking centuries from openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay as the hosts reached 347 for 6 at stumps on the opening day of the one-off Test on Thursday. All-rounders Hardik Pandya (10 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (7 not out) survived a few scares before heading back undivided when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day, affected by two rain interruptions at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. While India ruled the roost in most parts of the three sessions, Afghanistan had their moments in the second and final session with the wickets of Dhawan (107), and the quick dismissals of Vijay (105) and Lokesh Rahul (54) off consecutive overs. Troubled by two rain breaks during which Vijay found himself stuck in the 90s, the Tamil Nadu opener kept his composure to notch up his 12th Test hundred in the final session. Vijay hit pacer Wafadar for a four over point to bring up his ton and together with Rahul, who by then had registered his half century, forged a valuable 112-run stand for the second wicket. With his 12th Test ton, Vijay also became the batsman with most first innings centuries without one in the second innings. But soon after reaching his century off 143 deliveries, Vijay found himself trapped leg before by Wafadar even as the review did not help his cause. The visitors struck in the very next over when pacer Yamin Ahmadzai induced a faint inside edge off Rahul which uprooted his off-stick, and as a result brought Pujara and Rahane together.
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