It's a big trophy, quite the Ranji size and Rahane extends his unbeaten captaincy stretch to a whole two Tests. The Indian team comes up too, all smiles thanks to three additional days of paid leave. Rahane calls out to Stanikzai and now Afghanistan too pose for a group photo that's going down in the annals of their cricketing history. Every coaching clinic now in the country is going to have this embedded on their brouchure. Right, there also go our plans of heading out to the Chinnaswamy over the weekened. But we hope you've enjoyed all that we've scribbled over the last two days. This is Vineet Anantharaman signing off on behalf of Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Akshay Maanay, Raju Peethala, Rishi Roy and our scorer Sreenivas. Ta ta!!
Ajinkya Rahane | India skipper: This feels really special. It is always an honour to lead your country and we wanted to be ruthless. Guys like Shikhar and Vijay got those hundreds, Rahul chipped in and Pandya was magnificent at the end. It was important for all of us to stick to our basics, create some good habits, but credit to Afghanistan, they were fantastic. From here on it is only upwards and onwards for them. Their seamers bowled really well, especially in the third session yesterday and I am sure they will go a long way against all opponents.
Shikhar Dhawan | Man of the Match: I am really happy with the way I have been batting. It is good that we've finished the match early and will have a few days off to get fresh before we go to Ireland. It was a damp pitch, the ball of course was swinging and seaming a bit but I was clear in my mind that I wanted to play positive cricket. Things went my way and I was enjoying it as by the grace of God I became the first Indian to get a century inside a session. First of all I would like to congratulate Afghanistan for reaching this level. It's only their first Test and they'll keep getting better as they play more. I would also like to wish them Eid Mubarak; it is a big day for them; it is always a learning process and once they start winning they'll do really well. Big names are already coming out of their country and doing really well in world cricket. I would also like to thank the audience for coming here and enjoying themselves.
Asghar Stanikzai | Afghanistan skipper: First thanks to BCCI and the Afghanistan Cricket Board to have given us this opportunity. We hadn't played a Test match before this and we've learnt a lot. In the future when we play a match, we know now how to play against a full member nation like India. Yes, we were surprised by how quickly things ended because we were a good team. But Test cricket is a completely different ball game, we have a lot of time and we'll work on our weaknesses. A huge thanks to the crowd as well, it felt like we were in Kabul.
Fewest balls bowled by India in a winning Test:399 v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018*554 v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2004569 v Ban, Dhaka, 2007596 v Zim, Harare, 2005
Fewest runs scored against India in a Test which produced a result:212 Afg, Bengaluru, 2018*230 Eng, Leeds, 1986241 NZ, Auckland, 1968242 Eng, Lord's, 1936254 NZ, Hamilton, 2002
Most wickets in a day's play:27 Eng v Aus, Lord's, 1888 (Day 2)25 Aus v Eng, MCG, 1902 (Day 1)24 Eng v Aus, Oval, 1896 (Day 2)24 Ind v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018 (Day 2)*
- This is the second shortest Test (balls bowled) in Asia in which a result was produced after 893 balls in the Pak-Aus Sharjah Test in 2002. These two are the only Tests in Asia that finished inside two days.
Lowest totals by a team in their inaugural Test:84 SA v Eng, Port Elizabeth, 188991 Ban v Ind, Dhaka, 2000 +103 Afg v Ind, Bengaluru, 2018 +104 Aus v Eng, MCG, 1877 +108 Eng v Aus, MCG, 1877 +109 Afg v Ind, Bengaluru, 2018112 NZ v Eng, Christchurch, 1930+ means second innings
Fewest overs batted by team in their inaugural Test:27.5 Afg v Ind, Bengaluru, 201838.4 Afg v Ind, Bengaluru, 2018 +46.3 Ban v Ind, Dhaka, 2000 +47.1 NZ v Eng, Christchurch, 193047.2 Ire v Pak, Malahide, 2018+ means second innings
Biggest innings wins for India:inn & 262 runs v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018*inn & 239 runs v Ban, Mirpur, 2007inn & 239 runs v SL, Nagpur, 2017inn & 219 runs v Aus, Kolkata, 1998
Ravindra Jadeja: Everybody was bowling well to be honest. Umesh and Ishant set the tone for us in both innings. My job was to contain the runs, bowl in good areas, and not give easy boundaries. The wicket was flat, and not easy for spinners, so I just wanted to bowl in good areas. It's a totally different wicket from the T20 League. The pitch was turning like a rank-turner in the T20 League, but today it was flat. I was giving it a rip, but wasn't getting turn. Ashwin and I spoke about trying to keep it simple and keep it in the right areas. As for Afghanistan, Tests are all about technique and mental strength. If they can be technically and mentally stronger, then they will excel in Test cricket.
Umesh Yadav: It is easier to swing the new ball first up, so I was just sticking to my basics. The wicket was a little slow and we wanted to bowl up to the stumps to swing the ball. We knew that we have only one Test before England so this was a trial run. It finished quickly and couldn't get many overs in, but we can carry the confidence of this Test match to England for sure.
Plenty of records broken, as you'd expect. But Afghanistan have arrived. It took them a couple of sessions to hit their lengths right and fitting it has taken them a couple of sessions to figure out their defences and sadly that's what this match would be remembered for. Rahane tried his best keeping Jadeja off the ball to try dragging it longer, but once he came in, he kept up his habit of running through. And on an typical Indian dustbowl, you really can't do much with a defence as dodgy as most batsmen showed, surely against the best in the world. Shahidi tried his best; for a brief while Stanikzai held an end too, but a longer second innings when compared to the first was all they could offer.
17:25 local: Move over three-day Tests, two days are the real deal. But poor Afghanistan, thrown under the bus against these Indian bullies at home, with a cumulative sum of first class matches lesser than those of most of the Indians individually on a ground that's soon turning into a fortress. So today was an outclass -- with two innings getting over inside the scheduled close of play of two sessions. And we were worrying about the rain not allowing a result in the month of June.
Ashwin to Wafadar, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Ravichandran Ashwin [10.0-3-27-0] is back into the attack
Wafadar, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Jadeja to Mujeeb, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
_________________STAT: Most wickets in a day's play in Asia:22 Ind vs Afg, 2018 (Day 2)22 SL v Eng, Colombo SSC, 2001 (Day 3)21 SL v Aus, Galle, 2016 (Day 2)
South Africa (vs Eng, Port Elizabeth, 1889) is the only side to lose their maiden Test inside two days. Another one on the cards.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ishant to Ahmadzai, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Three wickets, 33 minutes, 280 runs = 11 minutes/wicket, 93.33 runs/wicket
Ishant Sharma [4.0-1-7-1] is back into the attack
This is now the highest number of wickets to have fallen in a day's play in India.Most wickets in a day's play in India:21 Ind vs Afg, 2018 (Day 2)20 Ind v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2004 (Day 3)20 Ind v SA, Nagpur, 2015 (Day 2)
Two slips and a gully
Yamin Ahmadzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease
And drinks. The end is near. The only question is whether it is today?
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Rashid Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Jadeja to Zazai, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Most wickets in a day's play in India:20 Ind v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2004 (Day 3)20 Ind v SA, Nagpur, 2015 (Day 2)19* Ind vs Afg, 2018 (Day 2)19 overs to go in the day. The record is very much under threat.
Afsar Zazai, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Jadeja to Stanikzai, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ravichandran Ashwin [6.0-2-17-0] is back into the attack
Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Okay finally. The guy who has the pitch designed to his liking. One slip, short leg.
Right then, these two have eaten up more than half the balls Afghanistan's first innings lasted.
Two slips stay.
Switches to round the wicket. Two slips and a silly point
Uh-oh! There seems to be an issue, again! With the ball of course. Umpire Paul Reiffel inspects the ball and tosses it back to the bowler
Umesh Yadav [4.0-1-14-3] is back into the attack
Change of ball? Yes! The existent cherry fails to clear the ring-test and therefore, umpire Paul Reiffel invites the fourth umpire who's rushed in with a suitcase full of SG balls. A bit of a mandatory examination follows, and they pick one finally... A new-old ball of course
India just 6 wickets away from finishing formalities. It has gotten a bit gloomy at the ground, but no signs of rain as yet. Both these batsmen are playing with a bit more purpose now, and the only way to make some statement is by converting starts into a big one. Let's see if there's any different script in the store as we head to the tail end of the day
Ravichandran Ashwin, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Here comes Ash. Two slips and a FSL for company. A short cover in place too
Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Two slips and a gully for HP
Unfortunately, this stat is relevant right now: Teams dismissed twice in a day:Ind (58 & 82) v Eng, Manchester, 1952Zim (59 & 99) v NZ, Harare, 2005Zim (51 & 143) v NZ, Napier, 2012Most wickets in a day's play at Chinnaswamy, Bengaluru:18*Ind vs Afg, 2018 (Day 2)16 Ind vs Aus, 2017 (Day 4)15 Ind vs SL, 1994 (Day 3)14 Ind vs NZ, 2012 (Day 3)
Asghar Stanikzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ishant to Rahmat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Hashmatullah Shahidi, left handed bat, comes to the crease
U Yadav to Nabi, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rahmat Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Mohammad Shahzad and Javed Ahmadi are at the crease. Mohammad Shahzad is on strike. Ishant will open the attack
Oops! A false start. Ishant loses his run-up and pulls out. Reload please...