Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Afghanistan thrashed by India in Test debut

Afghanistan thrashed by India in Test debut

This is the first time a Test match has ended within two days in the sub-continent.

India managed to bundle out Afghanistan twice in two sessions; for 109 in 27.5 overs between lunch and tea and for 103 in 38.4 overs in the last session to complete a facile win. The other sensational Afghan bowler, the 21st century born Mujeeb ur Rahman gave 75 runs in his 15 overs and took 1 wicket. And this is not first time that two innings are over in one day.

It was what Phil Simmons, Afghanistan's coach, felt was a big takeaway from playing against a team like India rather than a lower-ranked team in their debut Test.

In May, Cricket Australia was accused of making no communication with the Bangladesh Cricket Board before scrapping a two-Test and three-one-day-international series which was due to be held in August this year allegedly on grounds that it would be commercially non-viable.

India stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane believed better days were ahead for Afghanistan.

Ravindra Jadeja took 4 wickets for India in the second innings. And India have become the No1 team because they have been consistent and clinical for a couple of seasons.

India begins a tour of Ireland and England at the end of the month.

The West Indian said the huge defeat has made the players realise where they stand in the five-day format. "I would say 30 per cent, especially in the first couple hours of play on day one".

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Most sides have struggled in their first test.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai too agreed that the Test match was a big learning curve for his inexperienced side.

Every Afghan batsman seemed to be in limited-overs mode without any respect for an aspect called patience, which is an integral component of Test cricket.

"That is what I would take out of this game, that the players now see - it is not just me telling them - how tough Test cricket is". Hasmatullah Shahidi was the leading run scorer with 36 runs and Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets. After first innings, they were trying to hang around and stick to the wicket.

Rahane praised Afghanistan pace duo of Yamin Ahmadzai and Wafader Momand, who shared 5 wickets between them and looked good in the final session of the opening day. The more they play any opponent, they will learn from them.

Pandya's innings had 10 boundaries and he faced 91 balls. "It is always an honour to lead your country and we wanted to be ruthless", said Rahane, who captained India in regular skipper Virat Kohli's absence. "I think that's the best way for us to close this gap".

The pacers might have created the impact early on, but it was important for Ashwin to build the pressure on the Afghanistan batsmen and he did just that by picking wickets at regular intervals.

Brief scores: India 474 bt Afghanistan 109 (Ashwin 4/27) & 103 (Jadeja 4/17).

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