Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Afghanistan needs to play five-day cricket regularly, says Rahane

Afghanistan needs to play five-day cricket regularly, says Rahane

The final Afghanistan wicket to fall, just two minutes before play was officially scheduled to end, saw handshakes and hugs exchanged between the teams.

Afghanistan came across painfully short of experience for the longest format and were bowled out for 109 and 103 in pursuit of India's first innings total of 474 all out on Friday.

India, the world's top Test side, clinically dismantled Afghanistan by an innings and 262 runs in the one-off Test here on Thursday. "You can play as much I-Cup (first-class tournament for Associates) and four-day cricket as you want but when you get upstairs to the big league and play the No 1 team, it shows".

"The first two sessions of day one did not go their way, but as the game progressed, they showed glimpses of what they are capable of, but I don't think they will be happy with their performance", said Simmons.

The 24 wickets that fell on the second day in Bengaluru (20 Afghanistan, 4 India) are the most to have fallen in a day of Test cricket in the last 115 years.

Furthermore, India registered its biggest inning win in the red ball form. Glad that they have chosen to play the historic match with India. His score is well below the permissible 16.1set for the India and India A team.

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After the bowlers, who tried too many variations, it was the turn of the batsmen to try one shot too many and perish.

Since gaining one day global status in 2009, the Afghans have qualified for their second 50-over World Cup in England and Wales next year.

Every Afghan batsman seemed to be in limited-overs mode without any respect for an aspect called patience, which is an integral component of Test cricket.

Afghanistan were all out for 109 in their first innings before struggling to 103 in second after India had scored 474 in their first essay. Hasmatullah Shahidi was the leading run scorer with 36 runs and Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets. "If they get mentally tough and fine tune their technique, it will be good", he said.

"More and more they play any opponent, they will learn from them. We just looked to keep it simple", Jadeja said. While Vijay smashed 105 runs off 153 balls including 15 boundaries and one six, Dhawan hit 107-run knock off 96 balls-comprising of 19 boundaries and three sixes. They took 60 wickets in the three Tests in South Africa and continued this habit here, picking up 10 wickets in each session on Friday.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (4/17) and pacer Umesh Yadav (3/26) were the wreckers-in-chief in the second innings as the duo exposed the inexperienced Afghan line-up not once but twice in the same day. The resources exist within the game, and the money-men who have taken cricket to where it is must find ways to funnel some of this towards reducing the gap between the very best and richest boards and others who need a hand.

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