India seal massive win after wickets tumble

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai greets India's Shikhar Dhawan as Ravindra Jadeja looks on after India's victory on the second day of their Test match

Afghanistan were staring at a heavy defeat in their debut Test after they were skittled out for just 109 in a single session on Friday to lie 365 adrift of India, who enforced the follow-on.

Only four times in Test history has a team been bowled out twice in a day.

Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi plays a sweep shot during the second day of their one-off cricket test against India in Bangalore.

But more than India's phenomenal display on the field, a certain gesture from stand-in skipper, Ajinkya Rahane, showed us why the sport was the real victor in the clash.

"The first two sessions of day one did not go their way, but as the game progressed, they showed glimpses of what they are capable of, but I don't think they will be happy with their performance", said Simmons.

"It may have been more competitive but you wouldn't have learned as much as you did from this game because when you play against the best you will know how much you have to do to get where they are".

"You can not blame them", he added. Test cricket is about attitude and patience. "If two or three guys can bat for a longer period of time, they can be a decent Test side".

India were 347/6 after a rain-affected day one. It is more about the manner of losing.

All the key stats from India's two-day win over Afghanistan. Simmons, however, remained optimistic about the current group."First, their learning curve is huge".

The first innings was all over in less than 28 overs.

Mohammad Nabi hit the team's top score of 24 to help them past 100.

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The innings total of 109 was the lowest in a test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, eclipsing the 112 by Australia in 2017.

Jadeja returned figures of 4-17 with his left-arm spin after Ashwin had also got four wickets in Afghanistan's first innings.

Unlike in the first innings, there was some semblance of resistance from the middle order.

Hashmatullah Shahidi put the brakes on by striking an unbeaten 36 off 88 deliveries but ran out of partners.

Most cricket-loving Afghans were watching the match on TV back home as they prepared for a three-day public holiday marking the Muslim festival of Eid.

But India's bowling was tough to contend with.

That was Ashwin's 316th test wicket, good for third on the all-time list of India bowlers, above Zaheer Khan with 311.

Dhawan, who smashed 107 off 96 balls to win the man-of-the-match award, said he is enjoying every bit of his batting at the moment. But this was good for us and good for the future.

BOWLING (to-date): Yamin Ahmadzai 13-6-32-2 (1w); Wafadar 15-4-53-1 (1nb, 1w); Mohammad Nabi 8-0-45-0; Rashid Khan 26-2-120-1; Mujeeb-ur-Rahman 14-1-69-1; Asghar Stanikzai 2-0-16-0.

India begins a tour of Ireland and England at the end of the month.

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