Bengaluru: A Virat Kohli-less Indian side defeated Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs within two days to script a historic ending to the one-off test match on Friday. The hosts put in a dominant display to end Afghanistan’s dreams of causing an upset.
The visitors had a painful experience in the longer format of the game, as they were dismissed twice within a day. This marks, the biggest ever innings victory for India, which coincidentally is their first ever win within two days in a Test match.
The hosts started on the front foot, posting a total of 474 courtesy of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Shawan’s centuries. Batting second, the Afghans could only conjure up a total of 109 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged a four-wicket haul in the process.
The visitors were hence forced to follow-on. However, their batsmen repeated the mistakes of the first innings and the whole side was reduced to 103 runs, handing India their biggest innings win.
Ravindra Jadeja, who starred for India in the second innings, picked up four wickets thereby helping his side to wipe out the visitors. In the end, experience reigned supreme, as ruthless India was far too strong for Afghanistan.