India's biggest test victory ever comes against Afghanistan

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 16, 2018 04:02 PM IST

India smashed Afghanistan in the latter's inaugural Test inside two days by a humongous margin of innings and 262 runs. The visitors were never in the game getting bowled out for 109 in the post lunch session.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane had no hesitation to ask the visitors to bat again as India bundled them out by the close of play.

Hashmatullah Shahidi (36*) was the highest scorer for Afghanistan while the spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin (4/27) and Ravindra Jadeja (4/17) shared the spoils for the hosts.

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4 Afghanistan became the fourth side to follow on in their first Test after West Indies (against England in 1928), Pakistan (against India in 1952) and Ireland (against Pakistan in 2018). Barring Ireland last month, all other sides lost by an innings.

Their losing margin of innings and 262 runs is the heaviest for a team in their debut Test surpassing Pakistan's innings & 70 runs hammering against India in Delhi in 1952.

8 Umesh Yadav became the eighth Indian pacer and 22nd Indian player overall to reach the milestone of 100 Test wickets.

He did so in his 37th Test which is the joint second most for India alongside Zaheer Khan after Ravi Shastri's 44 matches.

Among specialist pacers, only the Sri Lankan pair of Suranga Lakmal (44) and Dilhara Fernando (40) have taken more matches to reach the landmark.

24 wickets fell in the entire second day's play, India lost the last four wickets in their first innings before Afghanistan got bowled out twice in two sessions.

This is the joint third most in a day's play and the most in a day since 1903. The previous most to fall in a day's play in Asia was 22 in the Test between Sri Lanka and England at the SSC in 2001 while the most in a day's play in India was 20 each in the third day of India - Australia Test at the Wankhede in 2004 and second day of the India - South Africa Test in Mohali in 2015.

109 and 103 by Afghanistan in their second innings are the two lowest totals in Tests at Chinnaswamy.

The previous lowest was 112 by Australia in their fourth innings against India last year.