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India vs Afghanistan - Only Test

Series: Afghanistan tour of India, 2018
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Date: 14-18 June 2018

Afghanistan 103/10 (38.4 Ovs) RR: 2.66 | India won by an innings and 262 runs

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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.

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Fewest balls bowled by India in a winning Test:
399 v Afg, Bengaluru, 2018*
554 v Aus, Mumbai WS, 2004
569 v Ban, Dhaka, 2007
596 v Zim, Harare, 2005

Fewest runs scored against India in a Test which produced a result:
212 Afg, Bengaluru, 2018*
230 Eng, Leeds, 1986
241 NZ, Auckland, 1968
242 Eng, Lord's, 1936
254 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, 1889
91 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, 2018
112 NZ v Eng, Christchurch, 1930
+ means second innings

Fewest overs batted by team in their inaugural Test:
27.5 Afg v Ind, Bengaluru, 2018
38.4 Afg v Ind, Bengaluru, 2018 +
46.3 Ban v Ind, Dhaka, 2000 +
47.1 NZ v Eng, Christchurch, 1930
47.2 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, 2007
inn & 239 runs v SL, Nagpur, 2017
inn & 219 runs v Aus, Kolkata, 1998

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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.

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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.

38.4
0
Ashwin to Wafadar, out Bowled!! Oh this sums the day up. Ashwin tosses one that pitches on off, a simple off-break but Wafadar for some strange reason decides to leave. And it's not off-stump, it's middle that's down. Such has been the plight. But Ashwin doesn't know how to celebrate .. he's fought tougher battles. Covers his face in embarrassment, hiding his smile as India become the first Asian side to wrap out a game in two days. Wafadar b Ashwin 0(7)

Ashwin to Wafadar, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

38.3
1
Ashwin to Shahidi, 1 run, quickly rocking behind as he wrists it away round the corner. And now he's had enough of the examination .. takes the single
38.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, jumps down, getting too close for comfort as he drills it to long-on. Declines the run
38.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, stays put, leg-sided of the ball to guide a drive to cover
37.6
0
Jadeja to Wafadar, no run, leans out, getting to the pitch of it in driving it out to mid-off
37.5
0
Jadeja to Wafadar, no run, tossed up outside off, inviting a drive. Nope invites a leave
37.4
0
Jadeja to Wafadar, no run, back to Jaadu. These quick darts I tell you, quicker over rates
37.3
0
Jadeja to Wafadar, no run, leg-lined. Tickled again towards square leg
37.2
0
Jadeja to Wafadar, no run, uses the angle coming in, with the length a little too full to turn it to leg
37.1
0
Jadeja to Wafadar, no run, oh my. Misses the outside edge by a whisker, misses the off-stump by a lesser whisker. It's Jadeja's famed line on off that straightens, past everything this time
36.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, some air outside off, pats it back down the pitch
36.5
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, quicker on middle. Jumps back as he powers it to mid-off
36.4
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, fullish as it drifts into leg-stump. Inside-edged onto the pad
36.3
4
Ashwin to Shahidi, FOUR, more of his runs - the first over 35 stat now. Yes a rank drag down as Shahidi hacks it away, short-arm-jabbing it into cow corner
36.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, decides to get forward, but freezes in bunting it down eventually
36.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, adopts the middle-stumped line to defend it into the pitch

Ravichandran Ashwin [10.0-3-27-0] is back into the attack

Wafadar, right handed bat, comes to the crease

35.6
0
Jadeja to Mujeeb, out Caught by U Yadav!! The end's nigh. Mujeeb could've done with a defence given it was the last ball of the over, but he decides to have some fun. Clears his leg, tries converting a rather full delivery into a length one in the slot for a slog over mid-on. Can't time, miscuing it to a tumbling Umesh moving to his left at mid-on. 23 wickets in the day - the most in a day in Asia. Mujeeb c U Yadav b Jadeja 3(8)

Jadeja to Mujeeb, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

35.5
1
Jadeja to Shahidi, 1 run, gives himself room, reaching out to slay it square
35.4
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, back across, angle-tapping it back to Jadeja
35.3
1
Jadeja to Mujeeb, 1 run, ungainly jab after he gets across, french-cutting it through his legs. Fine leg
35.2
0
Jadeja to Mujeeb, no run, 92kph, more of those. Stride beisde the line, bat in defence
35.1
0
Jadeja to Mujeeb, no run, long strided block down the pitch
34.6
4
Ishant to Shahidi, FOUR, the first Afghan player to get to the 30s. Remember the stat folks. Ishant tries a full sucker ball, but Shahidi's ready, clearing his front leg to sit down and smack it over mid-off
34.5
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, 135kph, angling in making Shahidi's job of closing out the angle easier. Does it with an on-sided shuffling defence
34.4
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, good length, middle-stumpish. Pushed away to mid-on
34.3
4
Ishant to Shahidi, FOUR, neat. Shahidi's adding to his reputation and now becomes the highest scorer for his side in the match - tells you the story when he does it with 26. Done with an arched back slap towards a vacant square third man
34.2
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, 140kph, length on middle. Shahidi stays beside the line, knocking it back
34.1
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, too wide. Shahidi walks across, and keeps walking
33.6
0
Jadeja to Mujeeb, no run, almost. You don't expect Mujeeb to move his feet around, so he flirts with one just outside. Fizzes past
33.5
0
Jadeja to Mujeeb, no run, on middle. Rahman's behind it firmly
33.4
0
Jadeja to Mujeeb, no run, gets across, guiding a jab away to point
33.3
1
Jadeja to Shahidi, 1 run, knocks it softly down the ground, very wristy. And now he'll take it .. three balls
33.2
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, sweeps, taking it on the full down to fine leg. He's shielding the strike now
33.1
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, big stride, forward in blocking

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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)

32.6
2
Ishant to Mujeeb, 2 runs, wild hoick. He walks towards square leg, swings his bat to tonk it, anywhere. He'll take the thick outside edge ballooning well over point

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

32.5
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, out Bowled!! There it is. It was set up. Short, shorter, shortest .. fuller, fullest. The best of yorkers would be complexed. Right at the base of off and poor Ahmadzai, softened by the bouncers just about tries jamming his bat down after getting into a terrible shuffle. Late. Ahmadzai b Ishant 1(15)

Ishant to Ahmadzai, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

32.4
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, no run, now full on the stumps. Ahmadzai, despite being flat-footed completely manages to slice it out
32.3
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, no run, better. Dug in further, with a lot more venom in this as it kicks up at the throat. Ahmadzai's adept at gloving it down
32.2
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, no run, short again, Ahmadzai's quick to get up on his toes, stabbing it square. Ishant's got to get it shorter if he intends to trouble
32.1
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, no run, short, but wasted down leg, well down

Three wickets, 33 minutes, 280 runs = 11 minutes/wicket, 93.33 runs/wicket

31.6
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, 96kph, quicker, but around the fifth stump line for Shahidi to have an easy keep out
31.5
1
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, 1 run, swiping hoick. Oh and typically tail-enderish, this one goes off the toe-end, through the legs to fine leg
31.4
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, softly nudged away, towards square leg
31.3
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, goes across, trying a straight faced waft .. only to be beaten, big time
31.2
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, 90kph, off and middle. Ahmadzai's bat' there, pointing downwards
31.1
1
Jadeja to Shahidi, 1 run, uses the spin coming in, with a wristy glance down to long leg
30.6
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, no run, 136kph, a shuffle, bat sticking in a poke
30.5
0
Ishant to Ahmadzai, no run, rib-lined. Ahmadzai does well to get up tall, fending it down
30.4
1
Ishant to Shahidi, leg byes, 1 run, 139kph of an in-seamer coming in to go past Shahidi's glance. Pinned in front of middle for Ishant to be keen on an appeal .. but then the angle's big, the height's dodgy
30.3
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, 138kph, fuller, but angling across. Left
30.2
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, 137kph, hopping up, riding the bounce to help the leg-line to square leg
30.1
0
Ishant to Shahidi, no run, squares him with an angle strating from outside leg, seaming away to take the outside half on Shahidi's fishing

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

29.6
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, brave. Very brave. Ahmadzai spots it pitching well outside off, trusts to leave .. but this one holds its line to come in sharply, not enough though
29.5
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, big stride. Bat in front
29.4
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, tosses it up, full on off. Dug out to mid-on
29.3
0
Jadeja to Ahmadzai, no run, back footed waft, pulling a drive inside the line

Yamin Ahmadzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease

And drinks. The end is near. The only question is whether it is today?

29.2
0
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, out Bowled!! Jadeja in the first innings, Jadeja now. And after being last in the pecking order of getting the ball, Jadeja gets back to eating out middle-orders. So this one's fuller, quicker and it doesn't turn. More so it scoots through low. But Rashid tries playing it like one that's short, slow and turning. Hmm. He shapes back to chop, but can only chop it on. Rashid Khan b Jadeja 12(9) [4s-1]

Jadeja to Rashid Khan, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

29.1
0
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, no run, short, Rashid tries cutting, but the ball just bounces a tad more than what he'd wanted .. top-halved towards point
28.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, 88kph, full stride. Knocking it to short cover
28.5
1
Ashwin to Rashid Khan, 1 run, opens up his drive, going through sweeper
28.4
1
Ashwin to Shahidi, 1 run, half a heave, trickling away into mid-wicket
28.3
2
Ashwin to Shahidi, 2 runs, quick legs, moving back really well to give him the room in a punch through where a gully-would've-been
28.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, 86kph, bat-pad stuck and the ball finds a bit of both
28.1
1
Ashwin to Rashid Khan, 1 run, big long strided sweep. Deep square leg
27.6
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, defence. Again. But Jadeja's been pretty much all over with his lengths - this one too short as Shahidi punches it to point
27.5
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, 91kph, through the line in defending as he strokes it to cover
27.4
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, short. Shahidi's back, high elbowing it back
27.3
3
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, 3 runs, against the spin, slogging a sweep as he drags it from well outside off. Oh poor Umesh is at it again
27.2
1
Jadeja to Shahidi, 1 run, a steery defence, through sweeper
27.1
3
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, 3 runs, back deep in the crease, bottom-handing a flick through mid-wicket, where Yadav is made to run across from mid-on to finger it back in, just
26.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, fullish on middle, turned away to leg
26.5
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, closer to middle. Shahidi's gone back to his tried and tested defence
26.4
4
Ashwin to Shahidi, FOUR, goes after. Takes on one of the infinite invites with the flight Ashwin's been throwing out outside off, opens his bat and threads the drive through point
26.3
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, reaches forward, wristing a nudge down the pitch
26.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, on the move across, behind the line in defence
26.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run,
25.6
4
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, FOUR, on the slog. Does away with straight bats, goes horizontal in sweeping it away violently in front of square
25.5
0
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, no run, oh. Goes deep in the crease to a delivery just not short enough. Does decently eventually to get some bat .. it was skidding in too
25.4
0
Jadeja to Rashid Khan, no run, very straight, kept out getting to the pitch of it

Rashid Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease

25.3
0
Jadeja to Zazai, out Bowled!! Done in. Oh Jadeja and these crumbling tracks with batsmen looking to survive. It's his typical ball - quick, slingy, pitching on middle with Zazai playing down the wrong line as the ball straightens, just enough to rip out a pole -- off. Zazai b Jadeja 1(9)

Jadeja to Zazai, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

25.2
0
Jadeja to Zazai, no run, gets across, this time getting a lot of wood on his attempted defence
25.1
0
Jadeja to Zazai, no run, forward flirt. Ohh. The angle threatening to come back in forces Zazai to mess around. But for the turn
24.6
1
Ashwin to Zazai, 1 run, jabs it in front of cover, without any timing. And he wants the strike back .. wow. The nerve
24.5
0
Ashwin to Zazai, no run, a hint of sharp bounce off a good length as Zazai covers all of it, with soft hands in clipping it to mid-wicket
24.4
0
Ashwin to Zazai, no run, closer to off as Zazai knocks it off the inside half, softly
24.3
0
Ashwin to Zazai, no run, front leg forward, to the pitch of the ball
24.2
0
Ashwin to Zazai, no run, ripping in from middle as Zazai is late on his back footed glance .. takes it on his thighs
24.1
0
Ashwin to Zazai, no run, 85kph of a tease outside off. Into the turf
23.6
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, tossed up with the angle taking it across. Defence
23.5
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, goes back, getting too cramped up to chop square

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

23.4
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, out Caught by Dhawan!! It's all the patience Stanikzai's got in him -- 57 balls -- and he's bored of his blocks, however confident they may have looked. So he decides to take on Jadeja's slower one, running down the pitch, not close enough, but can't pull out. Goes hoicking downtown, gets it flying up off the outside half and extra cover completes. And yes, the thigh slap's a dead giveaway. Stanikzai c Dhawan b Jadeja 25(58) [4s-4 6s-1]

Jadeja to Stanikzai, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

23.3
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, covers the line in defence, but opens the bat face to steer it to point
23.2
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, slows it up, getting some bite off a good length. Stanikzai pokes .. hmm .. now, now
23.1
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, alingy dart in. Middle-bat-defence
22.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, tease, wide outside off, left just as well
22.5
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, fires it in. Ashwin's losing patience. Not that Shahidi and his in the crease blocks would complain
22.4
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, 84kph, even slower as it angles in on middle. But again, too full
22.3
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, 91kph, tosses again, Shahidi's now smart enough to realize the trap set
22.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, and fuller. And easier
22.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, 90kph, top-cutting it on off. Very full to be causing Shahidi's defences trouble

Ravichandran Ashwin [6.0-2-17-0] is back into the attack

21.6
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, keeps up with his front leg stretches. Keeps up with his defences
21.5
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, quicker, sliding in on off. Stanikzai doesn't mind defending away from his body, never mind an inside-edge now
21.4
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, drifting into off. Smothered down
21.3
0
Jadeja to Stanikzai, no run, loads up on his back foot, getting the front leg out in an ugly slash down the ground. Tamely eventually to mid-off
21.2
1
Jadeja to Shahidi, 1 run, a fullish middle-lined drift. A falling over flick down to long-on
21.1
0
Jadeja to Shahidi, no run, shuffles, going back and across in a straight bat

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.

20.6
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, and the customary full sucker. Stanikzai hurries his bat down, digging it off the outside half to point
20.5
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, bounces him, forcing a duck down. Decent clicks, but the pitch has eased out pretty much
20.4
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, 139kph, loses radar again. Down leg, but luckily for him Stanikzai doesn't connect
20.3
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, into the tummy looking to cramp. Tapped back
20.2
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, driven, on the up as he lines up to one around off. To mid-off
20.1
4
U Yadav to Stanikzai, FOUR, whippy hands. In the overpitched zone, and Stanikzai measures the gap at mid-wicket, waits on it and clips it carefully to bisect the angles
19.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, back to looping up fuller lengths outside off, Shahidi doesn't bother

Right then, these two have eaten up more than half the balls Afghanistan's first innings lasted.

19.5
4
Ashwin to Shahidi, FOUR, slow rank half-tracker. Shahidi's really quick though, rocking back, getting on top of it to whack it through square leg
19.4
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, flat on off, Shahidi's confidence grows with every passing block
19.3
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, much quicker. 92kph in angling it in from wide of the crease. Blocked
19.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, keeps the flight with drift outside off, again, Shahidi refused to get sucked in
19.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, loads of air thrown up, tempting, nope

Two slips stay.

18.6
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, on off, good length, kept out, courtesy an opened up push
18.5
4
U Yadav to Stanikzai, FOUR, tries surprising with a yorker. Just that this one is a cool foot short for Stanikzai to open out his front leg and bottom-hand it through mid-wicket. Wide gaps
18.4
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, on a back of a length as he cuts it back in on the tummy. Tall, full-faced punch to cover
18.3
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, 138kph, more shoulder in this bouncer. Hurries up into a half-swaying, half-ducking Stanikzai
18.2
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, 132kph, goes short, very leg-sidish though. Easily ducked
18.1
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, 141kph. Full, around off as Stanikzai leans forward toe-ending a drive
17.6
4
Ashwin to Shahidi, FOUR, comes out with a long hop of a carrom ball. Shahidi's got his eye in, rocks behind, putting every ounce of his muscle in heaving it away in front of square

Switches to round the wicket. Two slips and a silly point

17.5
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, block, forward, again
17.4
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, 52mph, covers the line, bat-pad-stuck to squeeze it out off the inside half
17.3
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, another stride, this time putting his bat on defence
17.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, big stride, spotting the toss up offie outside off to leave
17.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, juicy pitch up. Driven through the line, confidently into silly point's shin
16.6
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, fuller and wider, Stanikzai opens the bat face and drives into the point region

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

16.5
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, gets too full on off-stump, Stanikzai toe-ends the drive to mid-on
16.4
4
U Yadav to Stanikzai, FOUR, that's asking for trouble; full and wide, Stanikzai frees his arms and lashes it through covers
16.3
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, camps back and blocks the 138ks length ball into the leg-side
16.2
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, skids on and keeps a touch low, Stanikzai locks his wrists on the firm push to mid-on
16.1
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, full and angled in on middle and off, big gap between bat and pad, but Stanikzai manages to control the flick-drive to mid-wicket

Umesh Yadav [4.0-1-14-3] is back into the attack

15.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, gets well forward and buries the ball into the pitch on the off-side
15.5
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, floated on off, tucks himself into a bat-pad dfefence
15.4
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, lunges across and blocks to short cover
15.3
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, back and across, blocked
15.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, tossed up around off, pushed off the front foot into the off-side
15.1
1
Ashwin to Stanikzai, 1 run, clipped away through mid-wicket
14.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, Hardik Pandya breaks the leg-stump! Everyone in the field sees the lighter side of it. Pushed back at the bowler and HP couldn't resist his urge to fire the ball back at woodwork. Shahidi's safely in
14.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, drives square and to the right of Umesh Yadav at backward point. Another diving stop means they can't sneak through
14.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, slightly outside off, defended from the crease
14.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, good length just outside off
14.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, pitches it full and tempts the drive from Shahidi, well timed but Jaddu's dive prevents the batsmen from sneaking any run(s)

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

14.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, slightly fuller than the good length, Shahidi's drive finds mid-on
13.6
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, and again! Second maiden in three overs for Ash
13.5
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, line's well wide of off, Stanikzai bends forward and diffuses it into the pitch
13.4
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, punched to short mid-wicket
13.3
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, a neat lunge forward followed by a dead-bat
13.2
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, shuffles forward and closes the bat face on the drive to short mid-wicket
13.1
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, tossed up around off, forward and pushed back to the bowler
12.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, zooming in on the stumps, plonked straight to mid-on
12.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, good length on middle and leg, tucked to mid-wicket
12.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, full and dips in front of off-stump, jammed into the covers
12.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, no run, pushes the batsman back with pace and clicks the outer edge on the push which rolls down to second slip
12.2
1
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, 1 run, full and slips down leg, Stanikzai helps it fine of the square leg fielder. Easy single
12.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, a gentle length ball outside off, Stanikzai makes room and slaps it straight to cover

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

11.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, nudged away into the leg-side and that'll be drinks
11.5
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, and now the offbreak! Shahidi plays for the one that's coming in and is completely done by the turn on that. Lashed his bat on the drive and could only manage thin air
11.4
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, flatter just outside off, punched to short cover
11.3
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, Ashwin keeps attacking the stumps, Shahidi gets across slightly to negate that
11.2
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, sits on the back foot and punches it back to Ashwin
11.1
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, sliding in on off, Shahidi goes back to defend
10.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, stabs the length ball to the right of gully and with that Hardik Pandya completes a maiden over
10.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, lifter once more, not the best of lines though, ducked under
10.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, an air of excitement as the ball passed the bat, but there's no edge involved! Draws the batsman forward and straightens it past the outside edge to evoke plenty of oohs and aahs
10.3
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, bumper down leg, Stanikzai hunkers under it. Good take by DK to his left
10.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, back of a length swerving in just outside off, Stanikzai hangs back and runs a fine edge towards second slip
10.1
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, length coupled with friendly width outside off, a swing and miss from Stanikzai. He seems to be T20 mode
9.6
0
Ashwin to Shahidi, no run, sliding in towards off, Shahidi gets a big stride forward and blocks off the inside half
9.5
1
Ashwin to Stanikzai, 1 run, gets back and works this offbreak into the mid-wicket pocket
9.4
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, defended
9.3
0
Ashwin to Stanikzai, no run, forward and blocked
9.2
6
Ashwin to Stanikzai, SIX, jumps down the pitch and uses the long levers to mow it over wide long-on. Wasn't quite to the pitch of the delivery, but he generated enough power behind the shot
9.1
1
Ashwin to Shahidi, 1 run, a better throw would have been the end of Hashmatullah Shahidi. Drives off the inside half to square leg where Hardik Pandya sends a wayward throw wide of ASH at the bowler's end. Shahidi was late to take off and he was nowhere near the frame when the throw passed the stumps

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

8.6
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, another wild hack at a fullish delivery, feeds a thick inside edge that's cleanly stopped by DK behind the stumps
8.5
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, attempts to whack a full and wide teaser, shabby foot work and hard hands. No bat
8.4
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, back to testing lines around off, respected with a straight blade
8.3
4
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, FOUR, that's slaughtered! Short and wide, Stanikzai uses all his might to crack the cut behind point. No stopping that
8.2
0
Hardik Pandya to Stanikzai, no run, dishes it slightly wider for the right-hander, smothered in front of cover
8.1
1
Hardik Pandya to Shahidi, 1 run, good length on leg-stump, neatly tickled away to long leg

Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Two slips and a gully for HP

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Unfortunately, this stat is relevant right now:
Teams dismissed twice in a day:
Ind (58 & 82) v Eng, Manchester, 1952
Zim (59 & 99) v NZ, Harare, 2005
Zim (51 & 143) v NZ, Napier, 2012

Most 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)

7.6
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, attacks the stumps with a fuller one, Stanikzai sends the defence to mid-on
7.5
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, a full ball has been clipped straight to square leg
7.4
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, looks for a newspaper splash drive but fails to make any contact, 9/10 times that drive would have taken the edge. Was bowled so well by Umesh Yadav, floated it fuller and got the ball to nibble away past the blade
7.3
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, a genuine edge, but falls short of second slip. Gets it full and squares Stanikzai up on the angled bat defence, the edge though dies down in front of the fielder
7.2
0
U Yadav to Stanikzai, no run, back to over the wicket for the right-hander
7.1
1
U Yadav to Shahidi, 1 run, goes round the wicket and angles it in on a fuller length, Shahidi squirts a thin outside edge on the drive through cover
6.6
0
Ishant to Stanikzai, no run, fullish and just outside off, forward and pushed back to the bowler
6.5
0
Ishant to Stanikzai, no run, on a length and close to off, blocked
6.4
0
Ishant to Stanikzai, no run, full on the stumps, driven to mid-on

Asghar Stanikzai, right handed bat, comes to the crease

6.3
0
Ishant to Rahmat, out Caught by Rahane!! Ishant Sharma is now third in the list of leading wicket takers (fast bowlers) for India. He goes past the local legend Javagal Srinath who's taken 236 Test wickets. A soft, soft dismissal this, but Ishant ain't complaining. A full drifter on the pads, Rahmat Shah flicks it straight to the Indian skipper at short mid-wicket. Easy peasy. Rahmat c Rahane b Ishant 4(6)

Ishant to Rahmat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.2
0
Ishant to Rahmat, no run, good length on off, turned into the leg-side with soft hands
6.1
2
Ishant to Rahmat, 2 runs, drives the full ball through covers and any other fielder and that would have been three or four in fact. Jaddu keeps it down to two
5.6
0
U Yadav to Shahidi, no run, fuller outside off, forward and pushes into the off-side

Hashmatullah Shahidi, left handed bat, comes to the crease

5.5
0
U Yadav to Nabi, out Lbw!! India review against Nabi, for lbw: "Umpire's call toh leh saktha hai" is the shout from one of the fielders which translates to we can take the review if you think even it's umpire's call on hitting. Fair delivery and THREE REDS! Nabi gone for nought! Three for Umesh Yadav. What a spell he's having. This review not just baffled the Indian fielders, but I'm sure it must have fooled all the spectators watching it live. Never looked out to the naked eye. It was an in-ducker, which slid back in a long way after pitching; Nabi was beaten on the inside-edge and it seemed to have struck quite high on the pad. Technology, as ever, tricks all of us. Three reds: hitting leg-stump. Nabi lbw b U Yadav 0(4)

U Yadav to Nabi, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!

5.4
0
U Yadav to Nabi, no run, allows the ball to come close and drops it dead off his toe-end into ths off-side
5.3
0
U Yadav to Nabi, no run, drifting in closer to off, pushed into the covers
5.2
0
U Yadav to Nabi, no run, no hat-trick for Umesh Yadav, well outside off and an easy leave for Nabi

Mohammad Nabi, right handed bat, comes to the crease

5.1
0
U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, out Caught by Dhawan!! Umesh Yadav on a hat-trick! Gabbar takes the catch at second slip and nothing is complete for SD sans a thigh slap. *Chuckles* A classic case of feeling for the ball, Ahmadi needn't have to play at that. It was comfortably outside his off-stump and jagging away from a length, Ahmadi flirts and sends a red rose (cherry) straight into the hands of second slip. Javed Ahmadi c Dhawan b U Yadav 3(11)

U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

4.6
2
Ishant to Rahmat, 2 runs, flicked away past the left hand of square leg. A juicy hit-me on the pads, Rahmat Shah twirls his wrists on the flick and a few yards to the left of the fielder would have fetched him a boundary
4.5
0
Ishant to Rahmat, no run, tad fuller just outside off, Rahmat Shah blocks it under his nose
4.4
0
Ishant to Rahmat, no run, keeps the batsman honest with a good length delivery on the stumps, turned into the leg-side
4.3
1
Ishant to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run, short and climbs up into Ahmadi who swivels before managing a pull to fine leg
4.2
0
Ishant to Javed Ahmadi, no run, angled in from back of a length, Ahmadi ekes an inside edge onto pad as he tries to flick over mid-wicket
4.1
0
Ishant to Javed Ahmadi, no run, wide of off, left alone to the keeper

Rahmat Shah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

3.6
0
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, out Caught by Karthik!! OUT for 14 in the 1st innings and OUT for 13 now. India just 9 away. A perfect tempter from Umesh Yadav, serves width and bowls it on a length in the channel; Shahzad goes hard with a straight bat and feathers an edge to the keeper. The lack of foot work from Shahzad didn't help his cause either. Mohammad Shahzad c Karthik b U Yadav 13(17) [4s-3]

U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

3.5
4
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, a gimme on middle and leg, Shahzad helped it away with a clip off his feet. Acres of space in the mid-wicket pocket with no sweeper in the deep. Take four!
3.4
0
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, 131ks, back of a length fizzing into the batsman, Shahzad hops and defends
3.3
0
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, plonks his bat straight and drives to Jaddu at backward point
3.2
0
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, good length in the corridor of uncertainty, Shahzad is late in leaving the ball and thus, snicks a toe-end into the off-side
3.1
4
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, there's pace, there's width; what else do a top-order batsman need? Shahzad clears his front leg and thumps it in the gap behind point
2.6
0
Ishant to Javed Ahmadi, no run, ah! The mandatory Ishant slip ups! Falls on the floor after delivering this ball. Bowls it fuller and tighter on off, dealt with a serene blade by Javed Ahmadi
2.5
0
Ishant to Javed Ahmadi, no run, fullish and nipping back in towards off, forward and blocked to covers
2.4
1
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, 1 run, on seeing the length (short), Shahzad jumps inside the crease, drops the ball in front of cover and nabs a quick single
2.3
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, brings his bat down at a straight angle and sends the firm block to mid-on
2.2
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, short of length angled into the pads, Shahzad rises on his tippy toes and turns to square leg
2.1
1
Ishant to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run, gets swing, but errs in line, helped away down to fine leg
1.6
4
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, byes, FOUR, slips this down leg and DK can't get there. Four gifted runs
1.5
4
U Yadav to Mohammad Shahzad, FOUR, edged and four! Wafts his bat at a wide one and the edge flies past Rahane's left hand at gully, had no time to react and hence, can't be called as a chance
1.4
1
U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, 1 run, opens the bat face and pushes the ball through covers, off the mark
1.3
0
U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, no run, how on earth did that miss off-stump? So darn close. So, Ahmadi thinks he can leave this delivery on length, but the ball obeys Umesh's orders and zips up slightly to wave hello to the off stump
1.2
0
U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, no run, another edge-flirter! Lands it around the fullish length and gets the ball to straighten past the poking blade of Ahmadi
1.1
0
U Yadav to Javed Ahmadi, no run, full and straightens enough just outside off, draws Ahmadi into a push and beats his outside edge

Umesh Yadav, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, a lovely teaser outside Shahzad's off-stump, nothing doing
0.5
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, fuller and homing in towards off, Shahzad strides towards the pitch of the ball and drives firmly to mid-on
0.4
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, plays the ball as late as he can, just allows the ball to kiss the splice from the crease
0.3
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, continues to test Shahzad with inswingers, a smart leave from Shahzad
0.2
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, back of a length seaming in around fifth stump, Shahzad seeks to leave late and in the process of doing so, he couldn't get his bat out of the way. The ball kicks up and thuds the toe-end before dribbling towards the cordon
0.1
0
Ishant to Mohammad Shahzad, no run, starts off with an inswinger as sun beams on the 22 yards, Shahzad hops and tucks gently into the leg-side

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...