After winning the toss, India went on bat first in the historic one-off Test against Afghanistan and the openers Vijay-Dhawan added an impressive partnership of 168, where the most runs were added by Dhawan and Vijay was mere spectators at most of the occasions. Dhawan completed his ton even before lunch, rattled every single bowler. The ‘Gabbar’ scored 107 from 97 deliveries.
Vijay, on the other hand, played his innings well like always, scoring 105 runs. KL Rahul came at one down, ahead of Pujara, played well for his half-century. Rahane, Pujara and Karthik couldn’t contribute much, but Hardik Pandya hammered 71 runs, and with some hits from tail-enders India managed to reach 474, and that was the only time India went on to bat in this Test.
Facing the red ball for the first time in the Test cricket, Afghanistan failed all the expectations as they managed only 109 in their first innings and in while following-on, they scored only 103.
Nabi’s 24 was the highest score in the first innings for the team whereas Shahidi’s unbeaten 36 was the highest in the second innings.
For India, Jadeja and Ashwin shared 12 wickets among themselves while the fast bowlers Yadav and Sharma grabbed eight wickets together.