Afghanistan set shortest records on Test debut

File: Afghan bowler Shapoor Zadran (2R) and teammates celebrate their win during the fifth match of the Asia Cup one-day cricket tournament between Bangladesh and Afghanistan at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, on the outskirts of Dhaka on March 1, 2014. Fast-rising Afghanistan upset Bangladesh by 32 runs in their Asia Cup match in Fatullah. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan were bowled out twice on Friday as India became the first Asian side to win a Test in less than two days. Afghanistan’s debut was the 21st two-day Test, only the second in Asia and just the sixth in the last 70 years. The India-Australia Test in Mumbai in 2004 was the previous shortest Test in India in terms of balls bowled. That Test lasted 202.1 overs; this one in Bengaluru lasted just 171.2 overs.

Afghanistan became only the third team to get bowled out twice on the same day in a Test. Their opponents India had suffered the same fate against England at Old Trafford in 1953, while Zimbabwe were bundled out twice against New Zealand, in 2005 and 2012.

Most Wickets To Fall In A Day Of Test Cricket

Team 1                                     Team 2              Wkts      Day        Venue          Year

England                                    Australia           27           2              Lord’s         1888

Australia                                  England            25           1              Melbourne      1902

England                                   Australia           24           2              The Oval       1896

India                                       Afghanistan      24             2              Bengaluru      2018

South Africa                           Australia           23            2              Cape Town         2011

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. The highest number of wickets to have fallen in a day previously in India is 20: Mumbai 2004 against Australia, and Nagpur 2015 against South Africa.

India’s win by an innings and 262 runs is their biggest in Tests, eclipsing the margin of an innings and 239 runs against Bangladesh in 2007. The 399 deliveries they bowled and 212 runs they conceded are the fewest in a Test win. (ESPNCricinfo)


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