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An innings defeat against India sours Afghanistan's Eid

Afghanistan's cricket team captain Asghar Stanikzai (L) and Afghanistan's National Team Manager Shir Agha Hamkar address a news conference
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A day that began on a good note for Afghanistan ended with them being totally outclassed as both Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja bagged 4-fers. Afghanistan collapsed twice on one day for 109 and 103, losing by an innings and 262 runs.


India 474/10 (104.5) 
Afghanistan 109/10 (27.5)  &  103/10 (38.4)

Afghanistan began on a decent note despite Hardik Pandya's 71-run knock as they managed to keep the total within reachable limits after dismissing India for 474. However, the batters let them down as Afghanistan bundled out for 109 in their first innings. There were no notable contributions apart from Mohammad Nabi who showed some resistance and played off 44 balls, scoring 24 runs. Mohammad Shahzad and Rehmat Shah managed 14 each while Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Stanikzai scored 11 each.

Spinner R Ashwin ran through Afghanistan's middle and lower order taking a 4 wicket haul. He was ably supported by Ishant Sharma and Ravi Jadeja who picked up two wickets each.
Falling well short of the target in little time helped Indian Skipper Ajinkya Rahane to enforce a follow on.

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Afghanistan's 2nd innings was no different as apart from Hashmatullah Shahidi (36) and Asghar Stanikzai (25) in the middle order, no other batsman could hold the innings together. As a result, the entire team was bowled out for 103. Ravi Jadeja picked 4 wickets this time around where as Umesh Yadav (7-26-3) and Ishant Sharma (4-17-2) chipped in as well.
Shikhar Dhawan (107) received the Man of the match award for his first innings hundred which helped to set the tone for India. Frankly speaking, Afghanistan was always playing the catch up game from there thereon and failed to dominate sessions.

Having said that, Afghanistan would learn a lot from their mistakes and the competitiveness of the international level. Given the plethora of talent they possess and the quick learners that they are, the side will surely bounce back. Although they would have loved to give their fans a present on the coming Eid, one expects a much better performance from them in the near future.

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