Afghanistan go down meekly in debut Test

India 474/10 (Shikhar Dhawan 107, Murali Vijay 105, Hardik Pandya 71; Yamin Ahmadzai 3 for 51) beat Afghanistan 109/10 (Mohammad Nabi 24; Ravichandran Ashwin 4 for 27 and Ravindran Jadeja 2 for 18) and 103/10 (Hashmatullah Shahidi 36*; Jadeja 4 for 17, Umesh Yadav 3 for 26) by an innings and 262 runs

Statistical highlights

  • India, by bowling Afghanistan out twice on day two of the one-off Test, became the first Asian team to win a Test match inside two days, beating the 12th Test-playing nation by an innings and 262 runs; this was also India’s biggest innings victory, bettering the innings victory by 239 runs over Bangladesh in 2007
  • This was the first time a Test match played in the sub-continent was over inside two days
  • Ajinkya Rahane won his second Test match as captain, having also led India to a big-margin victory against Australia in Dharamsala in March 2017
  • The victory was set up by India’s openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, who struck centuries on day one to help India post a big first-innings total. Shikhar Dhawan scored his seventh Test century, a 96-ball 107, while Murali Vijay made his 12th Test hundred, a 153-ball 105.
  • Shikhar Dhawan won the man of the match award for his aggressive knock. He became the first Indian batsman to score a century before lunch on day one of a Test match.
  • Hardik Pandya made his third Test half-century, a 94-ball 71 which helped India post a score close to 500 after being reduced to 6 for 334 on day one
  • Umesh Yadav became the 22nd Indian bowler to take 100 Test wickets, a landmark which he reached playing 37th Test, having made his Test debut in 2011

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