India defeat Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in one-off Test


BENGALURU, June 15: Had this historic Test match been a bout of heavyweight boxing, Afghanistan’s players would have been peeling themselves off the canvas and heading to the infirmary. They will carry the scars of this rout, but one hopes – in the interests of cricket’s well-being – not for long.
All it took for India to wrap up another Test victory at home was 66.3 overs and 290 minutes after lunch on the second day. India’s innings and 262-run win margin will be remembered as will Afghanistan’s abject capitulation. It was only the fourth instance when a Test team has been dismissed twice in a day – in Afghanistan’s case over less than two sessions.
The visiting team, who came dressed in their festive best on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr before slipping into white flannels, didn’t have much to celebrate in the end.
Replying to India’s first innings tally of 474 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Afghanistan mustered 109 in their first essay. Their second essay, after being asked to follow-on, was similar – 103 runs. However, one must remember that South Africa made only 84 in the first innings of their first Test against England way back in 1889.
It wasn’t the only positive for Afghanistan. They did eject a formidable Indian batting line-up in about four sessions and they did show glimpses – albeit too fleeting – of what it takes to see off time in a Test match when Asghar Stanikzai and Hashmatullah Shahidi put on 37 for the fifth wicket in the second innings. Stanikzai undid all the hard work with an incredibly extravagant attempt of a hoist. In time, hopefully, the skipper will learn. (TNN)