Hardik Pandya scored 71 off 94 (file image) © AFP
Hardik Pandya scored 71 off 94 (file image) © AFP

Afghanistan managed to bowl out India for 474, picking up the remaining 4 wickets in the first session of on Day Two in their maiden Test, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The visitors started the day with an Eid celebration on the ground before the day’s play. India resumed 6 down, with Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. Yamin Ahmadzai got Ashwin early, but Hardik continued to play dominate at the other end. He played several well-timed strokes to record his third Test half-century.

Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja added 67 runs for the eighth wicket. Then Jadeja who decided to take on Mohammad Nabi in the 99th over but failed to clear long-off. Hardik’s tried the upper-cut once too much and edged one off Wafadar Momand. His 71 came off 94 balls.

Umesh Yadav went after Wafadar, smashing 26 not out in 21 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Ishant Sharma supported him well before trying to sweep Rashid Khan and getting out leg-before. Rashid turned out to be the most expensive bowler in an innings in a team’s inaugural Test: his 2 wickets cost him 154. The previous record was held by Amir Elahi of Pakistan against India in Delhi in 1952-52.

Though the Afghan spinners are talked about more, their pacers were more impressive, sharing 5 wickets. Ahmadzai was the most impressive of all, with 19-7-51-3. It will be interesting to see how the Afghanistan batsmen play Indian spin post lunch.

Brief scores:

India 474 in 104.5 overs [Shikhar Dhawan 107 (96), Murali Vijay 105 (153), Hardik Pandya 71 (94); Yamin Ahmadzai 19-7-51-3] vs Afghanistan.