KXIP vs KKR Live Score

India crushed Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs on the second day of the one-off Test at Bengaluru's M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

It was yet another day of action for team India and another victory for the home team against Afghanistan, as Team India crushed the neighbours by an innings and 262 runs.

R Ashwin shined with the bowl, clinching four wickets, while Ishant Sharma and Ravindra jadeja picked 2 wickets each. They made 109 runs in 27.5 overs, the second-lowest in the first innings of a country's debut Test. Opener Mohammad Shahzad scored the first runs and the boundary.

When Afghanistan started playing worldwide cricket they were rather inconsistent, unable to adapt when things weren't going to plan.

Since gaining one day global status in 2009, the Afghans have qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year. Hashmatullah Shahidi played a fighting knock of 88-ball unbeaten 36 runs.

This was the 21st time a Test ended in two days.

Stanikzai was disappointed that Afghanistan failed to put up more of a fight in their Test debut, and said: "Before we had not played a Test match, and now in the future against Full Member [nations we know] what we need to do".


Their struggles and triumphs have justifiably been romanticised and one can say that the Afghanistan team found a lot more support among cricket fans across the world when they took the field than underdogs usually enjoy.

It is a rare gesture in the game of cricket when the winning team have called upon the losing side to join with them in the post-match photo session. Umesh Yadav completed 100 wickets in Test cricket while Ashwin (316 wickets) surpassed Zaheer Khan (311 wickets) to become India's fourth highest wicket-taker after Anil Kumble (619 wickets), Kapil Dev (434 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets). India is the world's top-ranked test side.

Guilty of being run out in the first innings, while trying to steal a cheeky single, he fell for 13 in second trying to push at a ball without moving his feet.

Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai was presented with a memento from former India all-rounder Salim Durani, who was born in Kabul, before the match began. Test cricket is all about attitude and patience. He said this Test gave his bowlers the conditions they would encounter in England. The roles were reversed as Afghanistan followed-on with Jadeja doing most of the damage (4 for 17) and Ashwin ending with 1/32.

"We are not taking it on ourselves, there was a lesson to be learned", he said.

"I think that is what we have to take from this. So for me, it was just standing at slip and concentrating", said Rahane, whose next assignment will be turning up for India A in a warm-up game against England Lions (A) at Worcester from July 16-19.


COMMENTS