Afghanistan participated in its first test match in 2018 against India at M Chinaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Although the test match was supposed to be a five-day affair from June 14 to June 18, India completely intimidated the visitors to end the game in two days. The hosts went on to score their biggest win at the time which now remains the second highest in Indian Test history.
It was a massive defeat for Afghanistan, by innings and 262 innings. However, visitors have given a glimpse into their potential and personality in recent rounds as they do their best to control the damage. The historic test match started with captain Ajinkia Rahani winning by toss and choosing the racket first.
Rounds of Indian batsmen rained down at M Chinaswamy Stadium as they mocked an Afghan bowling unit. The opening duo of Murali Vijay and Shekhar Dhawan started the Test match on a dream note. Both openers were at their fluent best as they shattered a century each. While Vijay scored 105 points from 153 deliveries, Dhawan came with an entirely different mindset as he hit 107 assists in just 96 balls.
The Indian innings were finalized by multi-level Hardik Pandya as he played a powerful stroke of 71 passes from 94 balls. KL Rahul was also fit with Willow with a hit of 54 of 64. Thus, India recorded a whopping total of 474 passes in the first innings.
The second innings saw Afghanistan’s batting squad collapse like a pack of cards. Ravi Ashwin was the head of the Indian bowling team picking up to four wickets. Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma each had two while Umesh Yadav also managed to capture one share.
With only 109 runs on the scoreboard in the first batting innings, Afghanistan was asked to follow suit. The visitors’ second batting rounds were almost a repeat of the first telecast as they lost all 10 wickets while only scoring 103 runs. Although Hashmullah Shahidi tried to bring life to a dead match, he received no support from the other batsmen and stayed out at 36.
Although India scored its second highest win in the Test, the game is best remembered for the impressive gesture of Indian captain Rahani towards the Afghan side. Standing with the trophy, Rahani also invited the visitors for a photo as a remembrance of their first match in the purest format.
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