Afghanistan Trounced in First Ever Test Match; Grateful for Experience

In a one-off test match that was played between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru, the first time that the Afghanistan cricket team had ever played this format of the game competitively, they were bowled out by India in roughly two sessions on Day 2 of the match, after following on. The hosts won the toss and put the visitors on the field. The Indian team notched up 374 runs at the end of the first day, in 78 overs, after centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. India were eventually bowled out for 474 in 104.5 overs.


Having never played the longer format of this game before, it was expected for there to be some nerves among the players of the Afghanistan side. However, nothing prepared them or the spectators for what followed, as the side capitulated twice in a single day, ending with the result of having lost the match by a margin of an innings and 262 runs.


The first innings saw the Afghanistan team losing ten wickets for a total of 109 runs, well behind the target set by the Indians. As such, the Indian captain decided to enforce the follow on, and put Afghanistan in to bat again. If they had managed to score this paltry total in a total of 27.5 overs, then they seemed to make a little bit more of a fight of the bowling the second time around, lasting a total of 38.4 overs. However, they only managed a total of 103 runs.


In a show of excellent sportsmanship, Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane invited the Afghanistan cricket team to come up on stage and be part of the awarding of the trophy.

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