AFGHANISTAN TOUR OF INDIA, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Hardik Pandya hit a pacey 71 whilst batting with the decrease order to stretch India’s overall. © BCCI
Hardik Pandya combined temperament with a marginally of aggression to assemble a perfectly paced 71 as India discovered themselves in command (474 all out) as opposed to Afghanistan at Lunch on Day 2 of the one-off Test performed in Bengaluru, on Friday (June 15).
At the beginning of the day, Afghanistan would have was hoping to select up the ultimate 4 wickets as briefly as conceivable and wrap up the innings. However, regardless of the presence of early morning moisture, the vacationers determined no longer to go for the second one new ball. It allowed Hardik and R Ashwin to lightly rotate the strike and sew an invaluable stand of 34. Hardik additionally performed with an excellent quantity of aptitude when offered with the free ball on be offering, evidenced by means of the 3 obstacles he cracked off Rashid Khan within the 89th over.
Eventually, Ahmadzai broke the threatening stand by means of eliminating Ashwin, with the batsman under-edging it in the back of the stumps. Ahmadzai may have additionally made any other incision just for Afsar Zazai, the ‘keeper, to grass the chance, with Jadeja being the fortunate batsman. It was once a wonderful supply that nipped clear of the left-handed batsman to produce the threshold however could not get the praise for it.
Jadeja took good thing about the let-off as he strung in combination any other the most important stand to put the guests beneath much more force. By then, Hardik had determined to transfer into any other equipment as he crunched a few drives off Rashid. Jadeja adopted his batting spouse by means of charging down the observe to loft Nabi into the long-on stands. Hardik, who reached his fifty, with a slog sweep off Nabi, then clouted Wafadar for a few fours. The Test debutants appeared listless within the box and the purpose can also be encapsulated by means of the overthrows that led to 5 runs in the similar over bowled by means of Wafadar.
Afghanistan desperately wanted a wicket and so they were given one with Jadeja mistiming a loft off Nabi to Rahmat Shah. In an try to upload as many runs as conceivable, Hardik too perished. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, their hopes of bundling out the opposition briefly had been dashed by means of Umesh Yadav. The tailender hired his lengthy deal with to membership Wafadar for 2 sixes and a boundary. Finally, Rashid ended India’s innings by means of eliminating Ishant Sharma LBW.
At 280 for 1, India appeared set to compose an enormous ranking however the credit score has to move to Afghanistan’s bowlers for persevering and so they had been duly rewarded with the wickets. Ahmadzai was once the most productive bowler on display for the guests, bagging 3 wickets. Rashid, regardless that, was once disappointing, returning figures of two for 154.
Brief scores: India 474 (Shikhar Dhawan 107, Murali Vijay 105, Hardik Pandya 71; Yamin Ahmadzai Three-51) vs Afghanistan.